Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 0 mins

a classical italian dessert , my boyfriend's favourite!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 500 g mascarpone (an Italian creamy cheese, you can substitute with ricotta, another Italian cheese, for a low-fat ver)
  • 4 eggs
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • 12-1 cup strong coffee
  • 300 g ladyfingers or 300 g sponge cakes, cut in squares
  • cocoa
  • 3 tablespoons brandy (I personally prefer it without spirits) (optional) or 3 tablespoons coffee liqueur (I personally prefer it without spirits) (optional)


  1. beat sugar and egg yolks until white and frothy.
  2. whisk egg whites until stiff.
  3. fold mascarpone (or ricotta) into egg mixture.
  4. add egg whites carefully.
  5. pour coffee (and brandy or coffee liqueur if using) in a shallow bowl, dip biscuits (or pieces of sponge cake) in it, taking care not to soak them completely, and put them in a square tin (actually I make it in a glass loaf tin) in a single layer.
  6. cover with the cheese cream and continue layering the ingredients, leaving the cream on top, dust with cocoa.
  7. cover and refrigerate for a few hours or even overnight so that the biscuits have time to become moist and flavourful.
Most Helpful

Unbelievably simple and tastes better than anything you've ever had. I added a bit more brandy mmmmm

super_fred August 06, 2010

Made this for the dessert bar at my wedding and it's so good! I'm glad I got to bring some of it home so I could finish it off!!! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!

MaryMomof6 January 21, 2010

OMG, this is the REAL thing, better than any other tirmisu i've had at a restaurant or bought at the shop. I am getting the feeling that I will be making this a lot.

djmastermum January 18, 2008