How to Make Original Italian Tiramisu

By LeafTV Contributor

Tiramisu, translated as "pick me up" from Italian, is a dessert that consists of ladyfinger sponge cakes dipped in coffee or espresso that are sandwiched between layers of a sweet custard mixture. The origins of the dessert, while undeniably Italian, are disputed, with some camps asserting the dessert was created in the late 1960s at a restaurant called Le Beccherie, while others believe tiramisu is a variation on a classic 19th century dessert called zuppa inglese. No matter what the actual origins are, there's no disputing the popularity of this flavorful and complex dessert.

Original Italian tiramisu is a delectable treat.

Step 1

Beat together the egg yolks and the sugar until the mixture is a very light yellow.

Step 2

Separately, beat the egg whites until they are fluffy and firm.

Step 3

Mix the egg yolks and sugar with the mascarpone cheese.

Step 4

Carefully fold the egg whites into the mixture. This should lead to a creamy mixture.

Step 5

Combine the coffee and alcohol in a bowl. Dip the ladyfingers cookies one by one, very quickly, in the coffee and alcohol mixture and lay them in a rectangular or square baking dish. Spread a layer of the creamy mixture on top of the ladyfingers. Sift cocoa powder through a mesh strainer and cover the top of the creamy mixture.

Step 6

Repeat these steps to create a second layer. Refrigerate for at least four hours before serving.