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The Perfect Homemade Dessert: Classic Tiramisu Recipe


It is the best Italian dessert in the world - it is TIRAMISÙ! The name literally translates into “pick me up” because of the kick provided by the espresso shot and the other energy-boosting ingredients. But what is the history behind this delicious sweet treat?

Tiramisù as we know it today began circulating in the second half of the Twentieth century. According to one version of the story, this famous Mascarpone cheese and ladyfingers dessert was created in a restaurant in the town of Treviso (Veneto region) and from there its popularity spread all around Italy and the world. The origins of the dessert are, however, much confused. A few years ago, the Italian Ministry of Agriculture credited the invention of Tiramisù to the nearby region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia - causing some heated debate! 

The truth is Tiramisù is made from simple and widespread ingredients - like eggs, sugar, coffee - that have been used for centuries, and that would have been available in any part of Italy. That explains why the invention of this dessert is claimed by so many different people around the country. 

What are the ingredients to make Tiramisù? And what are the steps to follow? Keep reading to find out how to prepare the best Tiramisù - my super sexy recipe will make you whisper Mamma Mia! 

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 4 ½ tablespoons of sugar (1 ½ tablespoons of sugar for each egg yolk)
  • 1 ⅓ cups (300g) Mascarpone cheese
  • 6.17oz (175g) ladyfingers (Savoiardi)
  • 1 ¼ cups (300ml) coffee 
  • 2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder


In a bowl, whisk your egg yolks with the sugar until smooth. Then, incorporate your beautiful Mascarpone cheese and keep whisking until you get a creamy consistency. 

In the meantime, prepare some coffee and let it cool down. Once the coffee is cold, pour it in a shallow plate and dip your ladyfingers in for a couple of seconds on each side. 

Now, layer the soaked ladyfingers in a dish and spread some of your Mascarpone cream on top. Repeat until you finish all the ingredients, alternating a layer of ladyfingers and a layer of cream. 

Finally, let your Tiramisù rest in the fridge overnight and sprinkle some cocoa powder on top before serving. 

A little side note - to make your Tiramisù even sexier you could add some Marsala wine when soaking the ladyfingers! While not necessary, in some recipes they do add a little bit of Marsala wine, rum or brandy.


Angelo Coassin

Angelo Coassin is an Italian professional dancer, actor, passionate home cook, and creator of the page @cookingwithbello. In June 2021, Angelo launched his first cookbook “Bello’s Sexy Pasta”, a collection of his most delicious and authentic pasta recipes.