Tiramisu Recipe

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 Updated 07/01/2016

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This Italian dessert has become a real favourite in Britain and makes a great dessert for Valentine's Day. N.B. Be careful serving raw egg to vulnerable (i.e. the young and old).


  • 2 cups mascarpone cheese
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sugar (you may need more or less according to taste)
  • 2 tablespoons brandy
  • 3 eggs separated
  • 12 sponge finger biscuits
  • 1/2 pint strong black coffee
  • some good cocoa powder
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Put the sponge fingers into the dish which the Tiramisu will be served in.
  2. Dissolve half of the sugar in the coffee and add the brandy.
  3. Pour this over the sponge fingers.
  4. Allow the liquid to be soaked up by the sponges.
  5. Take a large bowl and put the mascarpone into it.
  6. Whisk the egg yolks into the cheese and add the other half of the sugar, mixing in well.
  7. Take another basin and whisk the egg whites in it until they are stiff.
  8. Carefully fold this into the mascarpone mixture.
  9. Spoon this over the sponge fingers.
  10. Decorate with some cocoa powder and chill in the fridge for at least three hours.

Prep Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 2 - 4 portions


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