The name Tiramisu is from Italian and means "pick me up" (Tirami su) but can be translated figuratively as "make me less sad/happier".


1. Prepare a strong espresso coffee, about 2 cups. Let the coffee cool at room temperature.

2. Beat the egg yolks until they become light and fluffy. Then beat in the sugar and marsala.

3. Transfer the bowl to a pan of simmering water, and whisk until the mixture becomes thick. The zabaglione will thicken just before it boils.

4. Cream the mascarpone - this is easier if you have taken the marscapone out of the fridge and left at room temperature for a while.

5. Add the zabaglione to the mascarpone, beat to mix very well.

6. Whip the cream and then fold the cream into the zabaglione–marscapone mixture until smooth.

7. Now for the fun bit....Lightly soak the savoiardi in the coffee, one at a time. Place them in one layer in a container of approx (30 x 20 cm), approximately 4 cm deep). Spoon half of the zabaglione cream over the ladyfingers then repeat the step with a second layer of ladyfingers, and top with the rest of the cream.

Right there is a difference of opinion here

8a. Sprinkle with the cocoa powder and refrigerate for about 3 – 4 hours.


8b. Sprinkle with cocoa prior to serving.

I prefer 8a :-)

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Hi Watchman,

Do you think I can replace lady fingers by digestives biscuits?

Hmmm well given the amount of digestives that I have dunked in my coffee and lost they certainly seem to be able to absorb the liquid and go soggy so i'd say so long as there are enough then maybe - it would make a sweeter dessert, and not sure how the texture would be (grainly???) - but if you dont like the lady fingers why not give it a go....
Hi Watchman - to save on calories do you think you could substitute the cream with greek yoghurt? Would really cut down on the fat content (trying to shed the winter/Christmas pounds!!!)
Jail Bird!
Me again! Also do you think low fat cream cheese instead of mascapone would work?? Got to be worth a try don't you think?!
Jail Bird!
Hmmm - low fat tirimisu....

I dont think greek yogurt would work as its not going to have the consistency. Low fat cream cheese i think howeverwould be a more feasible alternative.Something like Quark would also work i think and its fat-free I Think.

My post christmas plan is soup centered :)
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