How To Make Authentic Italian Tiramisu

Learn how to make authentic tiramisu!

Learn how to make authentic tiramisu!

Tiramisu is a coffee-flavored dessert that originated in Italy. Although it may sound daunting to make your own authentic tiramisu, it doesn’t have to be difficult or time-consuming. When you’re ready to make your own tiramisu, follow our recipe and come to Giolitti Deli to find all the ingredients you will need!

Recipe Variations

When searching online for a recipe, you will likely find many variations that include different ingredients. Some recipes call for instant espresso while some call for real brewed espresso, and some recommend egg whites while others don’t include any eggs at all. Authentic tiramisu should contain egg yolks, Marsala wine, mascarpone cheese, espresso, sugar, Savoiardi ladyfingers, and cocoa powder.

Including eggs in your tiramisu is important for creating a light, airy texture to the dessert. Marsala is a wine from Sicily and is traditionally used in the filling, while the ladyfingers (Savoiardi) are sometimes soaked in coffee liqueur or brandy. “Tiramisu” is actually Italian for “pick-me-up,” so espresso is an essential ingredient!

Classic Recipe

Tiramisu is fluffy and creamy and is best served the day after it is made to allow the flavors to melt together. It also serves a large group, so it’s perfect to bring to an upcoming holiday party or potluck!

To make your authentic tiramisu, you will need:

  • 6 eggs, separated
  • 2 cups espresso or strong coffee, cooled
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup marsala
  • 1 lb imported mascarpone cheese
  • 24 Savoiardi biscuits (Italian ladyfingers)
  • ¼ cup good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 cup shaved semi sweet chocolate or mini chocolate chips

Start by combining the espresso and marsala, then put in a bowl that is wide enough to fit the ladyfingers. Next, beat egg yolks with ¾ cup of sugar and beat for approximately 8 to 10 minutes on high until the yolks are thick and lemon colored. Then mix in the mascarpone just until smooth.

Wash the beater off and beat the egg whites until foamy.  Add the remaining ¼ cup of sugar and beat until stiff peaks (be careful not to over-beat!) Fold the whites into the mascarpone mixture.

Dip the biscuits briefly into the espresso and marsala mixture. Lay the ladyfingers on the bottom of your pan or dish, then add a layer of the egg mixture and top with a sprinkle of cocoa and chocolate shavings. Repeat with the remaining biscuits, then top with remaining egg mixture and sprinkle with the rest of the chocolate and cocoa. Let tiramisu sit overnight, and enjoy your authentic Italian dessert the next day!

Authentic Italian Cuisine From Giolitti Deli

Giolitti Deli is a full-service Delicatessen in Annapolis, MD, specializing in authentic Italian cuisine. Founded in 1992, we use the freshest ingredients to make time-honed recipes from scratch, with no MSG or preservatives. We believe in real food and offer many healthy options, including vegetarian and vegan menu items. At Giolitti Deli, we make our own sauces, mozzarella, grilled and roasted vegetables, bread, pizza dough, and desserts, and our sandwiches, salads, pasta, pizza, and entrees are made to order. Owner Mary Giolitti has combined her passion for great food and fine wine to offer Annapolis a true taste of Italy!

Team members who also make the business possible include Manager Kathy Hunter, Manager and Catering Director Cheryl Molesky, Head Baker Porfirio Diaz, Chef Alfredo Escobar, and Deli Manager Noe Merino. To contact us, please visit our contact page or give us a call at 410.266.8600. Also, be sure to keep up with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and our blog!

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