Throughout the long weekend I recently spent with Flavours Holidays in Italy, we made one after another of some of the most wonderful dishes I’ve ever tasted. One of my favourites, that was also one of the easiest to make, was the delectable tiramisu. I’ve never been a particularly big fan of this, the most famous of Italy’s desserts, but I suspect that is because I have never had the real deal before! This authentic tiramisu recipe is superb and in a completely different league to any I had previously tried.
Tiramisu – serves 10
- 500g mascarpone cheese
- 8/9 tbl spoons of sugar
- 6 large eggs
- 300g savoiardi biscuits (or ladyfinger sponge biscuits)
- strong espresso coffee
- Marsala wine
If you have any concerns about using raw eggs than please read this article about egg safety.
1. Separate the egg yolks from the whites, keeping both.
2. In a large mixing bowl beat the egg yolks and most of the sugar until thick and pale. This takes a while so stick with it. I found it easiest to start by hand and then let an electric whisk do the hard work.
3. Add the mascarpone cheese little by little and mix well so that it is smooth with no lumps.
4. In another bowl, beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
5. Quickly but gently, fold the egg whites into the first mixture of egg yolks, sugar and cheese.
6. Make a bowl of coffee, add a little sugar and some Marsala wine.
7. Dip each of the sponge fingers into the coffee for a few seconds, shake off the excess and arrange them in a layer on the bottom of a large rectangular baking dish.
8. Spread a layer of the egg and cheese mixture over the top of the biscuits and then repeat this with another layer of soaked biscuits finishing with a layer of the creamy mixture.
9. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours but the longer you leave it the better as the flavours blend together. Keep in mind that the eggs are uncooked though and will only keep a couple of days in fridge.
10. Before serving dust the top with a little coco powder.
Marsala is a sweet fortified wine. While it should be readily available, if you aren’t able to get hold of any, I found that cream sherry made a good substitution. If you can’t find authentic savoiardi biscuits then ladyfinger sponge biscuits will make a reasonable substitution.
I used both substitutions on Easter Monday, when I had my family offer for lunch, and everyone really loved it! It was a wwrench to let my sister and parents leave with the remaining tiramisu, as I knew it would taste even better the next day. I thought it best though, as I wouldn’t be able to resist eating up the lot, it was that good!