1 pkg. 17.5 oz. (525 g) ladyfingers
1 lb (450 g) mascarpone cheese
4 eggs separated
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup Kahlua, coffee liqueur
2 cups strong sweet warm coffee
bitter cocoa powder

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

  • Beat egg yolks and sugar until eggs are foaming. 
  • Add coffee liqueur and mix about 2 minutes. 
  • Add mascarpone cheese and fold gently. 
  • In a separate bowl beat egg whites until very stiff. 
  • Gently fold egg whites into the mascarpone mixture and set aside.
  • Cover the bottom of the 9-inch rectangular serving dish with ladyfingers. 
  • Lightly soak ladyfingers with coffee. 
  • Cover ladyfingers with cream mixture. 
  • Place another layer of moistened ladyfingers and repeat the operation. 
  • Use all ingredients to obtain more layers. 
  • Spread the creamy mixture on top and sprinkle with bitter cocoa powder. 
  • Refrigerate at least 6 hours before serving.

You may also prepare the tiramisu in individual molds.

Tiramisu may be prepared in advance and frozen. It should be defrosted in the refrigerator for at least 6 to 7 hours before serving.

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Did You Know?
Tiramisu is one of the most popular Italian cakes. It is made of savoiardi (otherwise known as lady finger biscuits) dipped in espresso or strong coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, mascarpone, and sugar, and topped with cocoa.

The phrase tirami su literally means "pick me up" or "pull me up" in reference to the effects of the sugar and espresso. It is also thought to mean "pick me up to heaven" due to the delightful taste.

In the original recipe, there was no liquor as the cake was originally aimed at children and the elderly, and the original shape was round.