Our colleagues at work were re-locating so I kept an Italian theme for dinner. The perfect Italian dessert has to be Tiramisu. Tiramisu is my all time favourite dessert. I have to say though, when I was at Mount Holyoke and they served Tiramisu and I knew it was all wrong when I saw layers of cake and cream. I really can’t remember where my love for Tiramisu began, I just know I love it and always found it super duper hard to make (without even trying).
Finally, in Grad School one of my German friends, living in Italy most of her life, took an evening out of our many study sessions to teach me how to make Tiramisu. Easy peasy! This recipe is made without any Rum. A recent discovery from a celebrity Italian Chef who was a guest on Gary Rhodes‘ ‘Rhodes across Italy’ Season 1, mentioned that original Tiramisu was actually made without any rum. I’m a sucker for original so I stuck to it without any rum. 
This turned out so lovely for the dinner it was wiped clean within 20mins! 

3 eggs
250g mascarpone cheese
3 tbsp sugar
lady finger biscuits
Strong coffee 
cocoa to dust


  1. Separate eggs and mix yolks and sugar with mascaporne cheese
  2. Set aside and whisk the egg whites until firm
  3. Gradually fold egg mixture into egg whites. Do not stir, but lift from under
  4. Dip lady finger in coffee and layer in pan
  5. Top with the cheese mixture, layer with dipped lady finger again and finish off with the cheese mixture
  6. Leave to set in fridge for at least 4 hours
  7. Once set dust with cocoa
  8. Leave to set overnight if possible 
Best ingredient list – 5 items only!
Whisk egg whites till stiff peaks form. Turn the bowl upside down and if the egg whites don’t move , it’s perfect
Yolks, cheese and sugar, whipped
Fold in the cheese mixture 1/3 at a time
Don’t stir, but lift from under
Fits perfectly in a loaf tin, line with parchment so easier to remove
Dip each lady finger in coffee and line as the base
Add the creamy layer, line with lady fingers again and finish with the creamy layer
Once set for at least 4 hours, dust with cocoa
Perfect Tiramisu after chilling in the fridge overnight


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