Best-ever tiramisu

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(89 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Plus chilling

Easy

Serves 6

This super-simple Italian dessert actually benefits from being made ahead, allowing all the lovely flavours to mingle

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal853
  • fat73g
  • saturates42g
  • carbs44g
  • sugars35g
  • fibre0g
  • protein5g
  • salt0.25g
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Ingredients

  • 568ml pot double cream
  • 250g tub mascarpone
  • 75ml marsala
  • 5 tbsp golden caster sugar
  • 300ml strong coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water
  • 175g pack sponge finger
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

Method

  1. Put the cream, mascarpone, Marsala and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until the cream and mascarpone have completely combined and have the consistency of thickly whipped cream.

  2. Get your serving dish ready. Put the coffee into a shallow dish and dip in a few sponge fingers at a time, turning for a few secs until they are nicely soaked, but not soggy. Layer these into your dish until you have used half the biscuits, then spread over half of the creamy mixture. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the chocolate. Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.

  3. Cover and chill for a few hrs or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days. To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

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redhotchillypeppers
18th Feb, 2013
done this recipe for dinner party , didn't put all cream on top as too much and also added some (Tia Maria) to coffee mixture, best tiramisu i have ever made
lroper
16th Feb, 2013
5.05
Excellent recipe, although nothing to compare it with as have never made proper Tiramisu, what with all the faffing about, long time to prepare in other recipies viewed elsewhere and raw egg involved. This however is lovely, I made it without marsala as I didn't have any and son no. 1 wouldn't have tried it if I had. Made another version with Wheat free ginger buscuits instead of sponge fingers, which also went down well apparently.
dodgerinleeds
10th Feb, 2013
5.05
I made mine with sponge trifle blocks rather than fingers, it went down really well with my birthday dinner party guests, all gobbled up. I am unaware as to the authenticity as an Italian pudding but then again I don't really care, it tasted great !
bevkfoster
21st Jan, 2013
4.05
Changes I made to the recipe: I only had half the required amount of cream Sugar, 5 tbsps sounded like an awful lot so I added 3 - 4 desert spoons and this was sweet enough for my family with two teenagers. Brandy in place of Marsala 1 tablespoon coffee granules decaf clipper...still a good coffee flavour Despite my modifications, this recipe worked and tasted very similar to Tiramisu we ate in Italy. However, I agree with comments made by others and next time I will make either half the quantity of cream mixture or double the quantity of sponge for a large party of folk. Very rich so small portions. I shall definitely be making again (",)
wenlittlehen
2nd Jan, 2013
Made this desert instead of Marsala I used brandy, omitted chocolate chips but after leaving over night to mature, it was far better than any other Tiramisu I have tasted. I dusted it with cocoa powder instead of chocolate. Why ever the Italians require egg in it beats me!!
myautumnleaves
29th Dec, 2012
5.05
Made this as dessert for Christmas lunch. I used Ameretto instead of Marsala, and 300ml double cream, still turned out perfect. Thanks BBC Good Food, another of your great desserts.
staniool
23rd Dec, 2012
We didin't have all the ingredients so we replaced marsala bij Triple Sec and the coffee mixture for dipping by a mixture of orange juice, zest, triple sec and bitter marmalade. (briefly in the blender to chop up the marmalade) It was absolutely lovely.we liked it more than the original tiramisu.
kitchenhutt
8th Dec, 2012
Try Amaretto and a nice Italian espresso coffee. For the bottom layer use trifle sponges with the harder side down, as this gives it a firm base.
julietulip
11th Nov, 2012
5.05
If you are Italian, this may be a "cheat" version .... but it certainly hit the spot at my party. Everyone loved it. Doubled the recipe easily. Made it the day before as suggested. Compliments all around.
lynnedavidson
4th Nov, 2012
5.05
Quick, easy and very tasty!

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