This is my ALL TIME FAVORITE dessert & it is no surprise that it just happens to be Italian! Tiramisu literally translates into “pick me up” and it is certainly that. It’s amazingly light & fluffy in your mouth but packs a powerful taste punch. You taste the espresso, a slight hint of Amaretto, the sweet taste of the Mascarpone (& there’s no substituting regular cream cheese here, you HAVE to use the real ITALIAN Mascarpone) and then the ladyfingers.

I use Vicenzovo Ladyfingers by Vicenzi. Here in Raleigh I find them at my favorite specialty grocery The Tipsy Gourmet. If you have a local specialty store check with them. They are NOT the soft “ladyfingers” you might have seen before. The Italian ladyfingers are hard to the touch and have a slight dusting of sugar on top. DELIZIOSI!

I promise using the specified ingredients WILL make a difference, so it’s worth the extra effort. Also incredibly important is whisking the egg yolks & sugar for 5 minutes! This makes them light & creamy. If you whisk for less you’ll end up with pudding. Be equally as careful when dipping your ladyfingers into the espresso mixture. If you keep them in too long you’ll end up with mushy ladyfingers & a soupy base (not pretty!) I hope you’ll give this dessert a try!


6 fresh egg yolks – room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
2 small containers Mascarpone – room temperature
2 packages of Ladyfingers
1/2 cup Amaretto di Saronno
4 cups Espresso – cooled
cocoa for garnish

In a mixer, add egg yolks & sugar. Using WHISK attachment, mix for 5 minutes until eggs are creamy, fluffy and light in color.
Add mascarpone and continue to mix until smooth & creamy. Add 1/4 cup of the Amaretto & mix until smooth. In a separate dish, pour the cooled espresso & remaining 1/4 cup of Amaretto. LIGHTLY dip your ladyfingers into espresso mixture & then transfer to a 9 x 12 baking dish until bottom is completely lined (cut/break the ladyfingers if necessary)Spread 1/2 of the cream mixture on top of ladyfingers. Add a second layer of dipped ladyfingers. Spread remaining cream on top. Cover your dish with saran wrap & refrigerate over night. Before serving LIGHTLY dust top with cocoa powder.

Buon Appetito!


  1. 1

    Tiramisu is also my favourite! Yours looks amazing!

    I’ll add you to my feed reader so I can keep up.

  2. 2

    I love tiramisu. I had it awhile ago and it had sambucca and frangelico in it. Soooo good.

  3. 3

    Dear Paula,

    Your site is truly amazing! And your food…well, your food is divine. Just how it should be!!


  4. 4

    This is one of my favorites…anything with mascarpone and espresso – my absolute weakness.

  5. 5

    Looks delicious! It seems that every time I read your blog posts I end up hungry!

  6. 6
    Harrell Jones /

    Esta BUENO!!! Your recipes make even the Italians jealous!!!

  7. 7

    oh my…..looks yumm!!

  8. 8

    I’m not the best when it comes to desserts, but I must say, you make tiramisu sound easy. I’m going to have to try it! Thank you.

  9. 9

    I’m a sucker for a good tiramisu. I’m definitely going to give this try.

  10. 10

    Hmm!yum..your tiramisu looks gorgeous.Wish i can have a bite 🙂

  11. 11

    Looks light as a feather. Can’t wait to try this classic recipe. I don’t know if I have even eaten it before, let alone made it!
    Nice sight

  12. 12

    this is my all time fav dessert too..but its been a while since i had this..but now i am tempted by looking at your picture..:)

  13. 13

    You have a wonderful blog Paula! I love Tiramisu but never dared to bake it myself… maybe after reading your post… ;D

  14. 14

    Yummy tiramisu, my favourite, mmmmm!

  15. 15

    I made Tiramisu last week ,the best dessert i ever tasted,looks yummm

  16. 16

    oh my gosh! that tiramisu looks absolutely yummy!!!! 🙂

    i love your site.

    very pretty 🙂

  17. 17

    Yumm! This is also my all time favorite dessert!!! I could eat just tiramisu all day…:) I will be trying your recipe this weekend! (what a great excuse to have tiramisu1)

  18. 18

    MMMMMMM…your tiramisu looks so lovely & yummie :)!!!

  19. 19

    What would life be without tiramisu?

    I tagged you for a meme if you are interested.

  20. 20
    Rachael /

    I guess I know what to tell my mom to make for my birthday cake!


  21. 21

    Beautiful blog. Those pictures are delightful. I’ll have to cook that cake soon, I am salivating!

  22. 22

    You have a beautiful blog!! Love it! And ofcourse tiramisu is one of my old time favorites so can’t wait to make it again myself one of these days. It seems so long ago!

  23. 23

    Ohhhhh now look what you’ve done … you’ve got me hooked onto yet another food blog! Yours!!! You lured me in with Tiramisu … how did you know about my weakness?!

  24. 24

    This looks amazing. I haven’t made tiramisu in years but your recipe and beautiful photo of it has me adding ingredients to my grocery list for it right now. Thank you for the inspiration!

  25. 25

    This is my all time fav too… Wow they have come out really well… Awesome…

  26. 26

    This is one of my favorite desserts. I had no idea it was so easy to make. I’m definitely making it.


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