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Rossana’s tiramisu

This easy homemade tiramisu recipe is made with mascarpone, ladyfingers, eggs, sugar, coffee, rum and cacao powder

Tiramisu recipe

Tiramisu is one of my favorite desserts. I remember clearly the first time I ever tried it at an Italian restaurant in Houston with my grandmother and my aunt, I thought it was one the most amazing things I had ever tasted. For a while I became obsessed with trying to find the perfect tiramisu.

Homemade tiramisu recipe

Ten years later I met Rossana, a super fun Italian lady with a great fashion sense – known for hiking in high heel leather boots and commenting that even her pajamas are more fashionable than what she sees in most mall clothing stores (I do shop at mall clothing stores so I am considered highly unfashionable).  Rossana also cooks amazing food and has shared many of her delicious recipes with me, including her tiramisu recipe, it is the best tiramisu recipes that I have tried.

Homemade tiramisu recipe

I made one small change to her original recipe: I added some rum to the mascarpone cream. The big test was having Rossana taste the tiramisu the first time I made it using her recipe – she is very direct and will tell you to your face if it doesn’t measure to her standards.  Even before tasting it, she was highly skeptical about it when I told her that I added a tiny bit of rum.

Easy tiramisu recipe

Maybe it was beginner’s luck but she actually liked it and said it was a good as hers (huge compliment). The second time I made it for girls champagne party, and of course Rossana was there, this time she commented that the ladyfingers were slightly soggy and that she preferred it better last time.

One of Rossana’s main complaints about tiramisu served in Italian restaurants (in the US) is that the ladyfingers are too soggy. The process of dipping the ladyfingers in coffee needs to be very fast, about 1-2 seconds as they absorb the liquid quickly. Also, different brands of ladyfingers sometimes have different absorption rates, so I recommend doing a test with the first ladyfinger each time to get the timing right.  On the other hand, the sogginess is essentially a preference; one of my friends at the champagne party preferred the tiramisu with the slightly soggy ladyfingers.

Easy tiramisu recipe

Most of the time I use a standard square glass serving dish for the tiramisu and the cut it into squares when serving. However you can also use individual glass cups or cocktail glasses. You will probably need to cut the ladyfingers into the right size based on the container that you are using.

Homemade tiramisu recipe

Easy homemade tiramisu recipe made with mascarpone, ladyfingers, eggs, sugar, coffee, rum and cacao powder.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: European, Italian
Keyword: Tiramisu
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Refrigeration time: 6 hours
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8 to 10


  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • ½ tbs rum – optional
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 3 large eggs yolks and whites separated
  • 2 cup espresso coffee cooled (or 2 cups regular coffee + 1-2 tsp instant espresso), in a shallow bowl
  • 2 packs of ladyfingers 4.75 oz each pack
  • 1-2 tbs cacao powder
  • 1-2 tbs chocolate shavings


  • In a medium size bowl beat the egg yolks until foamy, add the sugar and the rum.
  • In another bowl beat the egg whites until they become fluffy and stiff
  • Use a spoon to add the mascarpone cheese to the egg whites, fold the mascarpone in gently.
  • Gently stir in the egg yolk and sugar mix.
  • Dip each ladyfinger into the coffee – it should be a fairly quick dip that moistens the cookie without getting it soggy.
  • Place the coffee dipped ladyfingers in a square serving dish until you have a full layer of cookies.
  • Cover the coffee dipped ladyfingers with the mascarpone mixture cream and top with another layer of coffee dipped ladyfingers.
  • Finish with a final layer of mascarpone mixture.
  • Refrigerate the tiramisu for at least 6 hours – overnight is ideal.
  • Sprinkle the cacao powder on top and add the chocolate shavings before serving.
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  1. OMG-glad your back def. will try this recipe for the holidays. Lov lov you pics, keep the recipes coming
    Kind regards,

  2. Yay! You’re back and with a recipe for my fave dessert. I’ll try this recipe for sure. Guess what I made for dinner tonight — Baked Plantain with Cheese and Aji Criollo. My comfort food for the night. Loved it. ;-)


  3. I’m so glad you’re back I keep checking every afternoon and what a great surprise to see you posting again. thank you for this great recipe I’ve been wanting to make Tiramisu, love your step by step recipe. Welcome back!

  4. Also glad to see a new post. I am Cuban but my Ecuadorian husband’s family makes (soggy) Tiramisu all the time :(. I was wondering if this recipe would be Ecua or Italian, glad to see it’s authentic!

  5. I’m so happy to see you posting. Even happier to see that the recipe happens to be something I’ve been thinking about for the past few days. Love tiramisu and I’ve been looking for a good recipe to try for the first time. I’ll be making it this weekend! =)

  6. Laylita, I am so happy you are posting again. Your blog is the BEST one for Ecuadorian food. I am definitely trying this dessert. Please keep posting!

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