Authentic Italian Tiramisu Recipe

Authentic Tiramisu Recipe - Italian Dessert with Individual Servings

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The BEST authentic Italian tiramisu recipe made even more fun with individual servings. Make it the night before for a great party recipe!




  1. Beat egg yolks, sugar and salt in a large bowl until pale yellow, about 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and beat in 4 tablespoons of rum. Scrape bowl and add mascarpone cheese. Beat on medium until smooth, about a minute, scraping sides of bowl at least once. Transfer to a large bowl and set aside.
  2. In the same mixing bowl, beat the heavy cream on medium speed until frothy. Increase the speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form. Using a spatula, fold ⅓ of the whipped cream into the egg mixture to lighten. Fold in the remaining cream until and stir gently until no white streaks remain. Set aside.
  3. Combine the room temperature Illy coffee and espresso and 4 tablespoons of rum in a large bowl.
  4. Break the ladyfingers into the appropriate size for your individual serving containers. Quickly dip the ladyfingers into the coffee rum mixture, without soaking completely. They should be damp but not mushy.
  5. Arrange a layer of cookies in the serving glasses of your choice. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over the ladyfingers.*  Dust with a layer of cocoa powder. Cover with another layer of dipped ladyfingers. Finish with the remaining mascarpone mixture and another dusting of cocoa powder. Top with shaved chocolate or chocolate curls, if using. Chill for 4 to 24 hours before serving.


*Depending on the size of your serving vessel, you may find it easier to use a piping bag with the tip cut off for the mascarpone mixture.

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