Tiramisu Classico al Caffé

Classic Tiramisu with Coffee

A classic Italian dessert originally created by a Mama to make her boy feel better after an illness—the idea being that the egg is nourishing and that by combining with sugar and mascarpone, then flavoring it with coffee and chocolate, you end up with something appealing to a recovering appetite! Here is the most basic, classic recipe, which can be elaborated on according to your imagination.


  • 2 cups mascarpone or very rich cream cheese
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 4 tablespoons superfine sugar
  • 2 teaspoons espresso coffee
  • 8 tablespoons weak coffee
  • 6 tablespoons rum, Marsala, or brandy
  • about 20 ladyfingers
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons finely ground coffee


  1. Place the cheese in a large bowl and beat until soft and manageable. Beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl, until pale, then beat them into the cheese. Very gradually add the sugar to the cheese mixture, stirring and beating constantly. Pour in the espresso coffee and mix thoroughly.
  2. Beat the egg whites in a clean, greasefree bowl until very stiff, then fold them into the egg mixture. Mix the weak coffee and the alcohol together in a small bowl.
  3. Dip half the ladyfingers into the coffee mixture one at a time and use to line the base of a bowl. Pour in half the cheese mixture.
  4. Dip the remaining ladyfingers in the liquid and arrange over the creamy layer. Pour over the remaining creamy mixture.
  5. Bang the dish down lightly to settle the layers. Mix the cocoa and ground coffee together and sift over the dessert. Leave to chill for at least 3 hours, preferably overnight before serving.