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Original Italian tiramisu

Tiramisu is a must-have when talking about Italian desserts. Every family has their own recipe, here I want to share with you the one my mother is famous for! Let me know in the comments if the result meets your expectations! :)
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chocolate, creamy, delicious, mascarpone, spoon
Servings: 10 people
Calories: 500kcal
Author: Roberto
Cost: $2


  • bowl
  • mixer
  • spoon
  • espresso coffee machine


  • 8 shots coffee espresso coffee shots
  • 5 eggs 5 yolks and 4 egg whites
  • 400 gr mascarpone cheese
  • 160 gr powdered (icing) sugar
  • 1.5 packs Pavesini cookies
  • 2 spoons cognac
  • 1 spoon bitter cocoa powder as required to cover the dessert


  • Prepare the coffee and let it cool down until ambient temperature. Add the cognac.
    Then separate yolks from egg whites. You will use 5 yolks and 4 egg whites. Slowly mix the yolks with the powdered sugar.
    Original tiramisu recipe
  • Add to the cream the mascarpone cheese and gently mix them.
    Original tiramisu recipe
  • Fast whip the egg whites until they get thick.
    Original tiramisu recipe
  • Add the whipped egg whites to the cream and gently mix them with a spoon.
    Original tiramisu recipe
  • Dip each Pavesini cookie into the coffee and create a layer in your kitchen bowl.
    Original Italian tiramisu single layer
  • Add a layer of cream, then a layer of cookies, and so on until you finish the cream. The top layer must be cream.
    Original Italian tiramisu last layer
  • Cover and put in the fridge. When you are ready to serve it, add the bitter cocoa powder.
    Original Italian tiramisu with cocoa
  • Enjoy! Buon appetito :)
    Original Italian tiramisu slice


Few tips: 
  • use ingredients at ambient temperature, mixing them will be a lot easier;
  • you can work the cream with a spoon, but a mixer will make it easier. I use a Kitchenaid Artisan;
  • you can add a drop of lemon juice when whipping the egg whites: the success of the tiramisu is highly affected by the thickness of the whipped egg whites;
  • the tiramisu will taste better after one day in the fridge.