Traditional Tiramisu

When it comes to Italian desserts made with lady fingers, espresso and cocoa powder, why mess with a classic?


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (minimum 30 percent fat)
  • 4 egg yolks
  • ⅝ cup sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 10 cups espresso
  • 1 cup ladyfingers
  • Cocoa powder


  1. Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together egg yolks and sugar. Once combined, add mascarpone and continue to mix. Fold in the whipped cream.
  3. In a baking dish, pour about a half inch of espresso. Add a layer of ladyfingers, then pour over more espresso. Add a layer of cream, making sure the ladyfingers are covered. Add another layer of ladyfingers, followed by more espresso. Pour more cream over the top.
  4. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Sprinkle with cocoa powder before serving.