Best-ever tiramisu

Best-ever tiramisu

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Cooking time

Prep: 30 mins Plus chilling

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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 info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
853
protein
5g
carbs
44g
fat
73g
saturates
42g
fibre
0g
sugar
35g
salt
0.25g

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 fingers
  • 25g chunk dark chocolate
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder

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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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2009

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sookypooky's picture
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I made individual versions of this in small glasses. It went down very well though in future I would use less of the cream mixture and increase the proportion of the coffee soaked biscuits as it was just a little too rich! Very very tasty though and my guests all enjoyed it and had no idea it was so easy!

imabadpixie's picture
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I totally agree with some comments, i.e that it should be called 'cheats' Tiramisu' however if we forget about the name of the recipe then actually this is delicious! I made for a dinner party (6 guests) but had to make my own sponge fingers as one of my guests had a wheat allergy (this was effort but rather yummy).. the cream mixture is really easy although i added probably double the masarla and also needed about double the coffee... i have given 5 stars because it really was scrummy and kept very nicely. I will do keep this in mind in future for parties and am planning to use the cream mix as the topping of a triffle soon!

lucuma's picture
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I wouldn't call it "Best-ever tiramisú", although it's a good recipe. The original, traditional Italian Tiramisú, which contains eggs is much better.
As I said before, I liked this recipe, very rich and would easily serve 8 people. I prepared it the night before we went to visit a friend and it was delicious. It doesn't taste good if left in the fridge another night as it becomes dry with a cheesy consistency.
I used sherry instead of marsala and it was fine.

lucuma's picture
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I wouldn't call it "Best-ever tiramisú", although it's a good recipe. The original, traditional Italian Tiramisú, which contains eggs is much better.
As I said before, I liked this recipe, very rich and would easily serve 8 people. I prepared it the night before we went to visit a friend and it was delicious. It doesn't taste good if left in the fridge another night as it becomes dry with a cheesy consistency.
I used sherry instead of marsala and it was fine.

bettmrr's picture

I have made this dish two times now and each time it has been a big success. It is now my go to desert dish for special occasions. I agree there is a lot of cream but it is lovely. Try using the extra to top a cup of coffee yum, or served over fresh fruit. I would like to try to cut the calorie and particularly the fat content as lots of people are health conscious these days and I feel guilty tempting them with such a devilish desert. Any Ideas???

lynnefletcher's picture

excellent and easy. Very tasty and definately make again.

nikki72's picture
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One star as it is easy and looks good.
One star as the cream mix tastes nice.
But... 3/4 of my guests left it as there was just too much cream and not enough sponge. I had to throw the rest away. I wish I had taken note of the other raters' hints. :( An embarrassing pudding experience at a dinner party!

nikki72's picture
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One star because it is simple and looks good.
One star because the cream mix tastes very nice indeed.
But...3/4 of my guests left it and I had to throw the remainder away. Just too much cream, not enough sponges. I wish I had taken note of the hints from other raters!

carolly's picture
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really nice and very simple to make! made as individual portions. I found another similar recipe in one of my cook books - it has cherries in the layers and cherry brandy mixed with coffee - will try next time :)

helenrp's picture
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Just made this for a group of friends and they loved it! There was too much cream mixture and next time I would add more biscuits but it tasted great and my friends loved it and what more do you want from a dessert?
I'll definitely be making it again!

putush's picture
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I made this recipe from scratch. Baked my own Savoiardi, made my own mascarpone cheese because both were not available in the supermarket where I live. Ah well, but I followed the rest to the hilt and the tiramisu came out splendidly. We made enough to feed 12, but this light airy dish is almost nighing finish and only 6 people have eaten so far :)
Will definitely make it again.

whitechoco84's picture
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Mighty Bush:

Madeira works if you can't get hold of Marsala...

The family loved it!

fia2411's picture
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I added a bit of cooled coffee to the cream and marscapone mix, and added a splash of marsala to the rest of the coffee to soak the sponge fingers in. Served it out to friends and they all wolfed it down. Gorgeous!!

mightybush's picture

What can I use instead of Marsala?

tinyex900r's picture

Accept it for what it is & you have a really simple, easy to make & delicious desert - whatever you want to call it.
I substituted port for the marsala as I didn't have any and it was still simply gorgeous & so, so easy.
I used very strong 85% dark grated chocolate and the result was brilliant.
Needed more sponge fingers than stated but I think that depends on the size of the dish you use.
Don't look at the calorie and fat content if you are at all concious though - definitely one just for an ocaisional treat!

bonbon-1975's picture
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I loved this recepy!! it was so easy to make and looked great when it was finished too!! I made mine the nite before and left it in the fridge overnite so it was really chilled when I served it - everyone commented how nice it tasted - specialy since I hadn't made one before - so I was really pleased how it turned out! one thing though when making the whipped cream, taste after to see if it needs more marsala or sugar as I found mine needed a bit more than was stated on the recepy for both - but its to everyones individual taste - at least if you taste it first though then you know its perfect for when you serve it to your guests!!

julieharris6471's picture
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Agree, it is a cheat's tiramisu, but it tastes nice, and is easy and make ahead so good for dinner parties. Every time I've made it everyone loved it. I actually find that I need more sponge fingers than stated.

dandifiedviolence's picture

It may taste good, and that's fine and everything, but it's not the point is it?
If it was called fake tiramisu or cheat's tiramisu or something like that, then, yeah.. but to call it 'best ever' is ridiculous.
No egg, no tiramisu.

bfcpaul's picture

It was good... Not great. I think that if I was to make it again, I'd add some Marsala to the sponges rather as well as the cream. It just needed more of a kick! In the past when I've made Tiramisu, I have added a layer of melted white chocolate over the sponges... Well worth a try.

flossiemi's picture
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This recipe is wonderful, so so easy and very tasty. It tastes even better the day after it has been made. Highly recommended

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