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Learn how to make tiramisu, a traditional coffee-flavored Italian dessert, in your own kitchen with our Test Kitchen's favorite Classic Tiramisu recipe. Dust the chilled tiramisu dessert with cocoa powder just before serving.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


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35 mins
4 hrs
4 hrs 35 mins


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  • For syrup, in a small saucepan combine granulated sugar, the water, and espresso powder. Bring to boiling over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Boil gently, uncovered, 1 minute. Remove from heat. If desired, stir in liqueur.

  • In a chilled large bowl beat cream with chilled beaters of a mixer on medium until soft peaks form (tips curl). In a medium bowlstir together mascarpone cheese and powdered sugar. Fold 1/2 cup of the whipped cream mixture into the mascarpone mixture to lighten. Gently fold the mascarpone mixture into the remaining whipped cream.

  • To assemble, arrange half of the ladyfingers in the bottom of a 9-inch baking pan, cutting to fit as needed. Brush with half of the syrup. Spread with half of the mascarpone mixture and sprinkle with 1 Tbsp. of the cocoa powder. Repeat ladyfinger, syrup, and mascarpone layers.

  • Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours. Before serving, sift remaining 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder over top.

Nutrition Facts

482 calories; fat 36g; cholesterol 154mg; saturated fat 21g; carbohydrates 32g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 24g; protein 5g; sodium 57mg.