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Easy Tiramisu Recipe

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This easy tiramisu recipe is a creamy coffee-flavored traditional Italian dessert that is so quick to make, you will wonder why you waited so long to try it!
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  1. EASY TIRAMISU INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY TIRAMISU RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
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This easy tiramisu recipe makes such a decadent dessert. It is full of sweet, creamy mascarpone, crunchy ladyfingers dipped in a strong espresso and coffee liqueur blend and dusted with rich chocolate. 

If you love this simple tiramisu recipe with whipped cream, try some other no-bake desserts such as our Strawberry Delight, Blueberry Delight, and Oreo Delight.

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EASY TIRAMISU INGREDIENTS

You will need:

  • 1 ¼ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 8-ounces mascarpone cheese, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup cold espresso, or cold strong coffee
  • 2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur, such as Kahlua (optional)
  • 1 package or 24 ladyfingers, unless they are small, then 34 ladyfingers
  • 2 to 2 ½ tablespoons cocoa powder

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

Mascarpone Cheese: Crème fraîche is about the closest substitute to mascarpone that you can get. If you can’t find crème fraîche, and while the following substitution won’t produce the exact same taste as the mascarpone cheese, you can replace it with a combination of 8-ounces of cream cheese, ¼ cup of heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of softened butter, mixed together well.

Ladyfingers:  Most grocery stores sell ladyfingers in the cookie aisle, but if you can’t find them or prefer an alternative, instead of ladyfingers, you can use sponge cake or biscotti.

Alcohol: Coffee-flavored liqueur such as Kahlua or Tia Maria is the classic choice for this recipe, but you could switch it up with rum, amaretto, sambuca, or Irish cream. You can also leave the alcohol out entirely for a family-friendly dessert.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS EASY TIRAMISU RECIPE

STEP ONE: Using either a stand mixer with a whip attachment or a handheld electric mixer at high speed, whip the heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Then reduce the mixer speed to medium and slowly add the granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Mix for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.

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STEP TWO: Lower the mixer speed to low and add the mascarpone cheese to the mixture and mix just until all the ingredients are incorporated. Set this aside.

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STEP THREE: In a small shallow bowl, add the cold espresso or strong cold coffee. If you are using the coffee-flavored liqueur, stir it in with the espresso.

PRO TIP: Once brewed, coffee can be kept in the refrigerator for a couple of days so you could make your morning espresso and then save the rest until you are ready to make this recipe.

STEP FOUR: Dip both sides, do not soak, each ladyfinger in the espresso mixture and lay the dipped ladyfingers in a single layer in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish.

PRO TIP: If you line your pan with plastic wrap before laying the biscuits down, once chilled, you could lift it out of the pan easily to serve on a plate to show off your layered confection.

PRO TIP: Laying the ladyfingers in a criss-cross pattern will help with the dessert’s stability if you are serving it on a plate rather than directly from the dish.

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STEP FIVE: Using a silicone spatula, evenly spread half of the cheese mixture on top of the ladyfingers layer.

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STEP SIX: Repeat the dipped ladyfingers layer and the remaining half cheese mixture layer. 

STEP SEVEN: Using a fine sifter, dust the top of the cheese mixture with the cocoa powder. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight. 

PRO TIP: While this cake can be served after chilling for a few hours, it really does taste even better after a day or two in the refrigerator once the flavors have been able to mingle and soak in nicely.

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HOW TO SERVE

This easy tiramisu cake recipe is a decadent and tasty addition to any meal. It looks so elaborate yet is so easy. Add a little bit of whipped cream and hot fudge on a plate beside the cake and sprinkle some fresh chocolate shavings to wow your guests with your professional presentation. Serve with a hot cup of coffee on the side. In the summertime, how about adding some fresh berries to the plate?

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Cover any leftovers with plastic wrap and keep refrigerated for up to 3 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: You can freeze this dish for up to 3 months. Let the dish thaw overnight before serving.

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This is the best tiramisu you will ever make. This homemade, eggless dish is absolutely irresistible, brimming with cream and coffee flavors that are soaked into delicate ladyfingers. No one will believe how quick and easy it was to make.

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Easy Tiramisu Recipe

5 from 1 vote
This easy tiramisu recipe is a creamy coffee-flavored traditional Italian dessert that is so quick to make, you will wonder why you waited so long to try it!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 9

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 8 oz mascarpone cheese room temperature
  • 2/3 cup cold espresso or cold strong coffee
  • 2 tbsp coffee-flavored liqueur Kahlua (optional)
  • 1 package ladyfingers or 24 ladyfingers unless they are small then 34 ladyfingers
  • 2 to 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder

Instructions
 

  • Using either a stand mixer with a whip attachment or a handheld electric mixer at high speed, whip the heavy cream to stiff peaks.
  • Reduce the mixer speed to medium, slowly add the granulated sugar and vanilla extract. Mix for 1 to 1 ½ minutes.
  • Lower the mixer speed to low and add in the mascarpone cheese. Mix just until all the ingredients are incorporated. Set this aside.
  • In a small shallow bowl, add the cold espresso or strong cold coffee. If you are using the coffee-flavored liqueur, stir it in with the espresso.
  • Dip both sides, do not soak, each ladyfinger in the espresso mixture.
  • Lay the dipped ladyfingers in a single layer in the bottom of an 8×8 baking dish.
  • Using a silicone spatula, evenly spread half of the cheese mixture on top of the ladyfingers layer.
  • Repeat the dipped ladyfingers layer and the remaining half cheese mixture layer.
  • Using a fine sifter, dust the top of the cheese mixture with the cocoa powder. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Nutrition

Calories: 407kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Cholesterol: 119mg | Sodium: 66mg | Potassium: 691mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 961IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 94mg | Iron: 2mg
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