Quick to put together and requiring no more than a chill in the fridge, this simple dessert is perfect if you have little time on your hands to rustle up something, or have left it too late to make something more complicated.

Having said this, it may not be complicated, but the taste is perfect. Plus, it keeps those guests who always want a cup of coffee after dinner happy for a few moments.

This traditional Italian recipe will also please the Tiramisu snobs who want the real thing.

Tiramisu Recipe


  • 300ml fresh strong espresso coffee, cooled
  • 6 tbsp Amaretto liqueur
  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 250g mascarpone cheese
  • 300ml double cream, whipped
  • 200g/packet of sponge fingers
  • Cocoa powder, to decorate and dust


  1. Pour the coffee into a bowl, add half of the Amaretto and stir before putting to one side
  2. In a separate bowl, beat together the egg yolks and sugar for about three minutes until thickened
  3. Add the mascarpone and beat until well mixed, before gently folding in the whipped cream
  4. In a third bowl, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold gently into the cream
  5. Add the remaining liqueur and then combine while maintaining the consistency
  6. Cover the base of a serving or trifle bowl with a layer of the biscuits, before pouring in around 100ml of the coffee. Spread about a third of the cream mixture over the biscuits until they are covered
  7. Repeat the process again, dipping the biscuits in the remaining coffee before layering on top of the cream until all biscuits are used, finishing with a cream layer
  8. Smooth the surface and dust the top with the cocoa powder
  9. Refrigerate for about two hours before serving


The longer this is left in the fridge, the more the flavours will develop

For a stronger coffee taste, soak the base biscuits in around 100ml of the coffee

Instead of sponge fingers, you could use Madeira cake slices and soak them in the coffee before layering. Dry them out beforehand, and cut into fingers if you wish. This gives a denser Tiramisu