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Posted by Annita on November 19, 2008

Tiramisu meaning ‘pick-me -up’ is a classic coffee flavored Italian dessert prepared with mascarpone cheese,espresso and ladyfingers.It has become very popular recently and is served in almost every Italian restaurants. You either love it or hate it,there’s no middle ground..



This was my second attempt to prepare Tiramisu,first time I completely messed it up.This time I followed Olive Garden’s recipe as per Shn’s suggestion and it came out perfect.Thanks Shn.

I’ve made a few changes here and there.This is how i made it…


Egg yolks – Of 3 eggs
Whole Milk – 1/4 cup
Granulated sugar – 1 cup

Mascarpone cheese – 3 cups
Cream cheese – 8 ounces or 1 cup
Vanilla Extract – 1/4 tsp

Ladyfingers /savioardi biscuits- around 25

Italian Coffee powder – 5tbsp (Use any Italian brand if possible.I used Illy brand.Other brands are Cello, Lavazza, Kimbo, Mauro etc.)
Hot water – 1 cup (for making espresso)

Kahlua or any coffee liquor – 1/4 cup

Cocoa powder/Grated chocolate- as needed


Fill half of a medium sized sauce pan with water and allow it to boil.In a metal bowl whisk egg yolks,milk and sugar together.Simmer the boiling water and place the metal bowl on top of the sauce pan and stir the mixture often for 10-15 mts.You can also use double boiler instead of doing this.When the sugar dissolves,the egg mixture will begin to thicken.Remove from the sauce pan and allow it to cool.


To prepare espresso,boil 1 cup of water in a stove/microwave.Take it off from heat and add coffee powder into it.Mix it well and strain the coffee through a sieve.Allow it to cool.(Instead of preparing this you can buy espresso from Starbucks or any other coffee shop.)

Combine mascarpone cheese,cream cheese and vanilla extract together using an electric mixture.You’ve to mix it until it turns almost creamy with small chunks remaining.Add egg yolk mixture to the cheese mixture and combine them together.

Combine 1/4 cup cooled espresso and 1/4 cup Kahlua together.


Pour espresso-Kahlua mix into a flat plate so that it’ll be easy to dip the ladyfingers.Keep it aside.Dip each ladyfingers into the espresso-Kahlua mix and arrange it in a serving dish side by side.Ladyfingers will get soaked up very fast ,but we dont want to soak an entire ladyfinger.Dip only the bottom half of the ladyfinger ,the top half has to be dry.You can break the ladyfingers to fit into the dish.

Spoon half of the mascarpone cheese mixture over the ladys fingers.Sprinkle grated chocolate/cocoa powder over it.(I’ve used both chocolate and cocoa powder.Use it according to your choice.)Again arrange another layer of soaked ladyfingers over the cocoa/chocolate powder.Spoon remaining cheese mixture over ladyfingers and spread it evenly.

Cover and chill it for 8-10 hrs.Before serving sprinkle grated chocolate/cocoa powder over it.Cut into equal size square pieces and serve.

Note :- You can also prepare Tiramisu in dessert glasses/parfait glasses,so you can serve it right then and also you can save the extra time it takes to cut into desired shape.


Info:-I’ve read here that mascarpone cheese is available in Fiorano Restorante in Bangalore.I dont know about other cities.Also if anyone knows about the availability of ladyfingers in India,can you please let me know about it?

Related recipes:-

Pushpa’s Tiramisu Recipe

Eggless Tiramisu Recipe

Ladyfingers Recipe

Tiramisu without Alchohol from Shab’s Cuisine

31 Responses to “Tiramisu”

  1. Nags said

    I have tasted good tiramisu only in little italy in hyd. everything else was just blahh

    Thank you Nags..Do you know whether i can find ladyfingers in India?

  2. RP said

    Never saw these made in individual cups. Great idea! Looks beautiful!

    Its not my idea RP….I’ve read it somewhere.Also I made this only in small quanatities..There weren’t enough ladyfingers to spread in a flat dish…:)))

    How r you?Happy Thanksgiving…

  3. Bindu said

    You are right Annita. You either hate Tiramisu or love it. I looooooooooove it:-) Thankyou so much for posting this. It is a must try on my list. Thankyou for making this possible for me! God bless you!

  4. shankari said

    Nilgiris in Chennai & blore might have it..Individual cups are a good idea -portion control, atleast for me :)

  5. Shikha said

    I love this dessert..i rate restaurants and bakeries by how good their desserts are..but i always end up asking for tiramisu!..time to make some at home:)

  6. Cynthia said

    Beautiful presentation, Annita.

    Thank u,Cynthia

  7. meeso said

    Gorgeous and super tasty!

  8. indulekha said

    hi annita,
    yesterday while surfing 4 a kerala paratta recepie i saw ur blog…gr8 effort…i never felt 2 pendown a comment on any food blogs…but after making ur paratta i couldn’t help myself 4 not writting a comment,it was simply superub n easy 2 make… i’ve a gud recepie of vanilla ice-cream` ..if u think its gud u can present it in ur blog..b’coz its such anice recepie as ur paratta..
    egg white-4
    fresh cream-200gm
    vanilla .essence-1/2tsp
    salt-a pinch
    beat egg white with salt till it stand on peaks
    beat 2gether cream n sugar
    gently fold in egg white
    add v.e
    refrigerate in closed container 4 8hrs..u will get soft n creamy vanilla ice cream…..

    Thank you very much for your comment and especially for this recipe…i’ll surely be trying this out and posting it…

  9. kr said

    Looks very yummy. Have to try it out.
    The traditional way of serving tiramisu is in individual glasses only and not a “cake slice”.

  10. Abirami said

    I love your tiramisu recipe – though buying kalhua in chennai can be tricky .
    I have also been researching the availability of mascarpone cheese in chennai and if Philly cream cheese, which is available in plenty, can be used as a subsitute.

    As for lady fingers – I hear that you could bake a simple sponge cake and cut into slices and use. I have used sponge cake instead of lady fingers for a recipe before – and it has worked fine.

    • Madhu said


      check my reply on Annita’s site. Try substituting red wine(Glover), port wine,local or even the best quality rum. More than Kahlua liqueur, sweet Marsala wine is the traditional spirit involved here I think. It’s yummy to drink too!
      Don’t use cream cheese, t may turn out too dense instead of the ethereal texture.
      It’s frustrating at times whenever we are in Kochi, to want to try a recipe but can’t find the ingredients…

  11. Amritha said

    Hi Annita
    I had met you at Scott Twp Park once in Pittsburgh. How are you doing? I was trying to find an email address somewhere on this blog and couldn’t. Could you please tell me where I can find mascarpone in Pittsburgh? I have wanted to try this recipe but couldn’t find it.

  12. Lane said

    Im looking for something sweet to make tonight because I’ve been working on restaurant menu design for this new pastry place in Chicago. Now all I want to do is pig out on sweets. From looking at them all day.

  13. Madhu said


    Congratulations on your informative blog! I am going to try the kerala porotta here in St Louis, this weekend. Tried a recipe long back, a big flop. somehow all mallu guys seem to love porottas!

    About the tiramisu, try the williams-sonoma recipe from!! While in Kochi found mascarpone at an exorbitant price in the Nilgiris on sreekandath road. Alas! the shop has closed due to financial kullmaal….. may open again? I made mine with milk cake slices(too lazy to make ladysfingers..the tiramisu site has recipes for that too… i think it’s afairly simple batter that’s pressed out like eclairs?) apparently, the mascarpone cheese can be made at home too! could substitute various plain cake slices/cookies for the ladyfingers?
    lastly, does techie knowledge help in setting up a blog?! When I had my now 11 yr old daughter, the internet had barely stepped into our living rooms you see… So I shall enjoy reading yours now! Thanks and keep up the great job!

  14. s said

    your blog is fantastic..such amazing recipes…love the tiramisu….but sadly here we just dont get mascpne or crm cheese…too lazy to try making it at home..but will do it ONE DAY!! this looks too tempting..

    • preetha said

      hi you could substitute mascarpone with fresh paneer (cottage cheese)Grate it and blend well in a mixie with some milk till you get a smooth puree and fold in whipped fresh cream… you will not get the flavour of Mascarpone but it is definitely a good and economical substitute!! so happy cooking!.

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  16. John said

    I love your recipe Annita! I’ve only ever tried Tiramisu cake but since reading your recipe I’ve been inspired to find other recipes where the Tiramisu is served in individual dishes. I have only found one other Tiramisu Recipe. I’m looking to see whether it comes anywhere near to yours Annita :)

  17. xandra said

    Wonderful presentation…Looks very delicious.

  18. Rochelle said

    Hi love this recipe blogg. please continue posting recipes.

  19. Ritu said

    This one seems to be a keeper! I love tiramisu and would love to give this a try!!

  20. Rads said

    Hii..I have seen marscarpone at Spar – the cheese/yogurt section. Love your blog :)

  21. Another lost generation said

    The gods tempt people for which they are most weak. Artificial Intelligence will create desire in people’s minds for the following sins:::
    1. Alcohol
    2. Drugs
    3. Preditory “earning”
    4. Homosexuality
    5. Gambling
    6. Something for nothing/irresponsibility (xtianity)
    7. Polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny (Islam)
    Much like the other prophets Mohhamed (polygamy/superiority over women/misogyny) and Jesus (forgiveness/savior), the gods use me for temptation as well. In today’s modern society they feel people are most weak for popular culture/sensationalism, and the clues date back to WorldWarII and Unit731:TSUSHOGO.
    It has been discussed that, similar to the Matrix concept, the gods will offer a REAL “Second Coming of Christ”, while the “fake” Second Coming will come at the end and follow New Testiment scripture and their xtian positioning. I may be that real Second Coming.
    What I teach is the god’s true way. It is what is expected of people, and only those who follow this truth will be eligible to ascend into heaven as children in a future life. They offered this event because the masses have just enough time to work on and fix their relationship with the gods and ascend, to move and grow past Planet Earth, before the obligatory xtian “consolation prize” of “1000 years with Jesus on Earth” begins.

    Your job as a future mother is to learn the god’s ways and to help your child understand despite the negative reinforcement and conditioning of today’s society. Without consciousous parents the child will have no hope, and may even exaserbate their disfavor by becoming corrupted in today’s environment.
    Your ultimate goal is to fix your relationship wiith the gods and move on. You don’t want to be comfortable here, and the changes in Western society in the last 100 years has achieved just that.
    1000 years with Jesus is the consolation prize. Don’t be deceived into thinking that is the goal.

    The Prince of Darkness, battling the gods over the souls of the Damned.
    It is the gods who have created this environment and led people into Damnation with temptation. The god’s positioning proves they work to prevent people’s understanding.
    How often is xtian dogma wrong? Expect it is about the Lucifer issue as well.
    The fallen god, fighting for justice for the disfavored, banished to Earth as the fallen angel?
    I believe much as the Noah’s Flood event, the end of the world will be initiated by revelry among the people. It will be positioned to be sanctioned by the gods and led for “1000 years with Jesus on Earth”.
    In light of modern developments this can entail many pleasures:::Medicine “cures” aging, the “manufacture” of incredible beauty via cloning as sex slaves, free (synthetic) cocaine, etc.
    Somewhere during the 1000 years the party will start to “die off”, literally. Only those who maintain chaste, pure lifestyles will survive the 1000 years. They will be the candidates used to (re)colonize (the next) Planet Earth, condemned to relive the misery experienced by the peasantry during Planet Earth’s history due to their failure to ascend into heaven before the Apocalypse.
    If this concept of Lucifer is true another role of this individual may be to initiate disfavor and temptation among this new poulation, the proverbial “apple” of this Garden of Eden. A crucial element in the history of any planet, he begins the process of deterioration and decay that leads civilizations to where Planet Earth remains today.

    Only children go to heaven. By the time you hit puberty it is too late. This is charecteristic of the gods:::Once you realize what you have lost it is too late.
    Now you are faced with a lifetime to work and prepare for your next chance. Too many will waste this time, getting stoned, “Hiking!”, working, etc.

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  23. Wow! This dessert looks incredible! How gorgeous. This post was really interesting for me to read.

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