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Best Tiramisu Recipe

This is The Best Tiramisu Recipe! Adapted from Barefoot Contessa. Easy to make and bursting with chocolate, dark rum and espresso. What's not to love! It really is a restaurant quality no bake dessert.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6 -8 servings
Calories 821 kcal


  • 6 extra large egg yolks at room temperature (or 7 large egg yolks)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Mascarpone Creme
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/4 cup espresso or strong coffee - cooled to room temperature
  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese - softened to room temperature
  • Espresso Syrup for dipping
  • 1/3 cup dark rum
  • 1 1/2 cups espresso or strong coffee - cooled to room temperature
  • 30-40 Italian lady fingers
  • Dark chocolate bar shaved with vegetable peeler


  • Spoon out the mascarpone into a bowl – with fork or whisk, whisk the mascarpone just a bit to soften and make it easier to mix in later. In your mixer with whisk attachment,whisk yolks and sugar on high for 5 minutes.
  • It should be creamy and light yellow. Lower speed to medium. Add the cooled espresso, rum and marscapone.
  • In a bowl, mix all of the ingredients of the Espresso Syrup together. Set up your assembly line - from left to right:
  • Ladyfingers - Espresso Syrup - Pan/Indiv Cups - mascarpone Creme
  • Quickly dip the ladyfinger in the Espresso Syrup - a 2-second dip is all that you need. If you dip too long, too much of the syrup gets absorbed and the ladyfinger will get too soggy to lift out of the bowl.
  • The ladyfinger should still be a little hard - don't worry, they will all soften up in the refrigerator.
  • Line the dipped ladyfingers on the bottom of the pan/cups).
  • Follow this with another layer of dipped ladyfingers. Finish with remaining mascarpone Cream.
  • Sprinkle chocolate shavings on top. Cover and refrigerate overnight.


You can use an 8.5 x 8.5 x 2.5 pan or 6 individual dessert cups (my dessert cups pictured above hold 1.5 cup capacity). If you have a slightly larger or smaller pan, thats ok too.
Make sure you coffee and creme cheese is cooled to room temperature, before incorporating into the recipe.
Swap alcohol for vanilla extract, if you want a booze free dessert.
Soak the ladyfingers in the coffee mixture briefly. Don’t let them get soggy, it will ruin the dessert.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.


Sodium: 141mgCalcium: 184mgVitamin A: 1755IUSugar: 15gFiber: 2gPotassium: 195mgCholesterol: 402mgCalories: 821kcalSaturated Fat: 30gFat: 53gProtein: 16gCarbohydrates: 54gIron: 4mg
Keyword barefoot contessa, coffee dessert, tiramisu
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