Traditional Italian Tiramisu Dessert

Traditional Italian Tiramisu Dessert

Prep Time 3 hours
Serves 6
Cook Time 3 hours
Difficulty Easy

After a Christmas lunch that could immobilise an elephant, this is the dessert that attempts to put a skip back in your stride. Literally translated as ‘pick me up’, the heady mix of caffeine, sugar and even a cheeky glug of amaretto will, in contravention of the Newtonian laws of gravity, do just that.


  • Mascarpone – 200g/7oz
  • Sugar – 150g/5.3oz
  • Eggs – 2 (separate yolks from whites)
  • Savoiardi biscuits – 25-30
  • Cocoa powder – 2 tbsp
  • Instant coffee – 2 tbsp, or 200ml brewed coffee
  • Ameretto - (optional)


Step 1
Dissolve the coffee in 200ml of lukewarm water. Add the Ameretto to your taste.
Step 2
In a separate bowl mix mascarpone and sugar until smooth, then add one yolk at a time while working out with some forceful mixing.
Step 3
In another bowl whip the egg whites until stiff (make sure that the bowl and whisk are completely clean and dry). Carefully fold the whites into the cream.
Step 4
Crumble the biscuits into the coffee.
Step 5
In a fairly deep dish, 20cm in diameter, make a layer of the coffee saturated biscuits, than add a layer of the cream. Sprinkle a dusting of cocoa powder over the top and then pop it in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving.