Sophia Loren’s Tiramisu

READY IN: 20mins


  • 3
    eggs, separated
  • 5
    tablespoons sugar
  • 36
    ladyfingers, 1 large package (approximately 36)
  • 1
    cup orange liqueur
  • 2
    ounces bitter chocolate, grated (Bakers chocolate)
  • 12
    cup unsweetened cocoa powder (or 2 ounces grated bittersweet chocolate)


  • Combine egg yolks and sugar in a medium-sized bowl and beat well.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites to stiff peaks.
  • In a third, larger bowl, combine the egg yolk mixture with the mascarpone, then fold in the egg whites to produce a creamy mixture.
  • Arrange a tight layer of ladyfingers in a 9-by-12-inch serving dish.
  • Using a spoon, drizzle about half the liqueur and half the espresso over the ladyfingers.
  • Cover the ladyfingers with the mascarpone mixture and the grated chocolate, and dust it with a little more than half the cocoa.
  • Cover the filling with a second layer of ladyfingers and drizzle with the remaining liqueur and espresso.
  • Place the dish in the refrigerator for at least 12 hours (the Tiramisu can be made 24 hours in advance).
  • Top with the remaining cocoa before serving.