[RECIPE] Authentic Italian Tiramisu (no whipping cream)

Tiramisu is my all-time favourite, and while it is difficult to find a delicious one in Vancouver, I guess it is best to make my own. The authentic Italian tiramisu uses simple ingredients – eggs, mascarpone, espresso, and a splash of liqueur. It is an irresistible dessert that is creamy and rich in flavors. This treat doesn’t require an oven, which makes it easy to make at home.

I think what stops people from making this easy, classic Italian dessert at home is because of the expensive ingredients. From mascarpone cheese, espresso, to liqueur, a small batch of tiramisu can cost at least $15. However, while it is cheaper to enjoy it in restaurants, I can’t find one that has the perfect balance of sweetness, bitterness, and the aroma from the liqueur.


The authentic tiramisu contains raw eggs, but I prefer not risking, even there is only a slight chance of salmonella. However, the addition of egg yolks can create rich and airy texture, which cannot be replicate with other ingredients. So I recommend using the double-boiler method to pasteurize the egg yolks.

Dusting Cocoa Powder


  • Servings: 6 small square pieces or 20cm*15cm glass box
  • Difficulty: Easy
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  • 2 Large Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 335g Mascarpone Cheese
  • 1/3 cup Brewed Coffee, cold
  • 2 tbsp Rum or Coffee Liqueur
  • 12 Ladyfingers
  • Cocoa Powder


  1. In a bowl (that can fit ladyfingers), prepare your brewed coffee. I use instant coffee in this case, but you can also use espresso. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a metal bowl, place egg yolks, powdered sugar, and 1 tbsp rum. Whisk until combine.
  3. Place it on top of a bowl of hot water. Continue to whisk until the mixture is pale and thick. This process takes around 5 minutes.
  4. Remove the yolk mixture from the hot water bath, and add mascarpone cheese.
  5. Whisk the mascarpone mixture until creamy and soft.
  6. In the cool-down brewed coffee, add 1 tbsp rum. Mix until combine.
  7. One at a time, dip the ladyfingers on both sides quickly into the coffee mixture and arrange in an even layer in the bottom of a glass container. (I use my glass lunch box – 20cm*15cm)
  8. Spread half the filling over the ladyfingers, and repeat.
  9. Spread the rest of the filling on top and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight. I recommend using the airtight glass container with a lid. Otherwise, make sure to cover your tiramisu with plastic wrap before placing it in the fridge.
  10. Dust cocoa powder before serving.

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  1. My favourite too and I never make it at home but keep thinking about it.

    1. Haha that’s like me until quarantine happens. So I decided to make it!

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