Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made out of Savoiardi (ladyfingers) dipped in coffee, layered with a custard like mixture, mascarpone and chocolates or cocoa.  A dessert that is very popular the flavours have been adapted in to many types of sweet dishes such as puddings, cakes, breads and other desserts.

The origins of this dessert might have originated from the Zuppa Inglese due to its similarity.  But again like any other popular dishes it has some several claims on who invented it.  One example is that several sources claim that tiramisu was invented by Francesca Valori in Treviso at Le Beccherie restaurant.  It was then named by Roberto Linguanotto the confectioner in the said restaurant and the Francesca’s godfather to honour her culinary skill; it was named after her maiden name “Tiramisu”.  Some said it was invented in the city of Sienna by confectioners who created it in honour of Cosimo III when he visited the city.

Tiramisu if directly translated means “pick me up” which metaphorically means “make me happy”, that makes perfect sense as that’s what the caffeine and cocoa content in this dish makes to you.  And as a final thought can you imagine what sort of reactions Francesca have when she was still single and people asks her Surname.

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  • Author: Raymund
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Category: Dessert
  • Cuisine: Italian


Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made out of Savoiardi (ladyfingers) dipped in coffee, layered with a custard like mixture, mascarpone and chocolates or cocoa. A dessert that is very popular the flavours have been adapted in to many types of sweet dishes such as puddings, cakes, breads and other desserts.



  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 250ml fresh cream
  • 2 packets lady’s finger
  • 1 1/2 cup very strong espresso
  • 1 cup dark chocolate, shavings
  • cocoa powder, for dusting


  1. In a double boiler mix together egg yolks and sugar in low heat, cook for about 10 minutes while constantly stirring. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick.
  2. Add the mascarpone into the yolk mixture and beat until combined.
  3. In another mixing bowl whip cream until it forms stiff peaks.
  4. Fold the whipped cream and mascarpone mixture together then set aside.
  5. Put the coffee into a shallow dish or plate then dip in a lady fingers one at a time, soak only for a few seconds and make sure they are not soggy.
  6. Place a layer of coffee soaked lady fingers into the bottom of your serving dish, then scoop some of the cream filling, and then place chocolate shavings on top. Repeat this process until you have 2 to 3 of these layers then finishing it with a cream filling on top and garnishing with chocolate shavings.
  7. Chill well, top with cocoa powder then serve.



32 Responses

  1. A perfect dessert that I would love to have after meal!

  2. I am not mad about coffee flavoured things but love the a Tiramisu minus the coffee – I just replace it with chocolate – guess it’s not quite a Tiramisu then.
    🙂 Mandy

  3. Villy says:

    Tiramisu definitely picks me up!
    Lovely way to present it!

  4. anita triana says:

    The recipe is simple and easy can I added a little liqueur ? Thank you.

  5. Judy says:

    Simply perfect, the recipe, the staging for the photo … love it!

  6. Tessa says:

    One of my top 5 favorite desserts… Lovely photo!

  7. Positively delicious treat!

  8. very nice picture of your tiramisu

  9. peasepudding says:

    I do live tiramisu and this is a lovely shot Raymund

  10. Kristy says:

    The presentation here is just so imaginative and gorgeous Raymund! I could see this served at a very classy restaurant. 🙂

  11. Jasline says:

    I love tiramisu, but mascarpone cheese is extremely expensive here so I only make them once in a blue moon… yours look really delicious, and very pretty photos!

  12. peachkins says:

    ang sarap! I love your presentation of Tiramisu!!

  13. PolaM says:

    Looks great! I have to try this plating version!

  14. Aileen says:

    You really take such great shots Raymond! <3
    I'm also a sucker for tiramisu. And I hope that I could get to try this recipe of yours soon. 🙂

  15. I love the individual servings. This looks wonderful. I also like the idea of mixing the egg yolks with the mascarpone. We keep a custard layer and the cheese layer.

  16. Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. The name Tiramisu doesn’t sound Italian right? But it definitely screams Italian as to the layers of flavors and taste.
    I love the way you styled your photo.
    Have a great start of the week!

  17. tiramisu, i love how it rolls off your tongue. But doesn’t it sound like so not Italian? hahah. The layers of falvors and taste, and the decadence are sure indication that it is definitely Italian… and it’s definitely one of my fave dessert when i feel like indulging.
    Have a great start of the week!

  18. Perfect opening photo for this classic dessert

  19. Great photograph! And one of my favorite desserts. You did a particularly nice job. Wonderful post – thanks.

  20. Simply Tia says:

    Oh my goodness that tiramisu looks DIVINE!

  21. Lovely presentation!

  22. my oh my these individually prepared tiramisu look absolutely delicious. I am not a big fan of coffee but I can take tiramisu any time anywhere. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  23. lolo says:

    i love it too much , thanks

  24. Guia Obsum says:

    I love your presentation of the Tiramisu! 🙂

  25. is there any substitute for mascarpone?

  26. John says:

    How much does this make? Or about how many servings?

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