New York Times Tiramisù Recipe


Let’s bring back Tiramisù, a classic dessert that deserves more love. If you like a relatively easy, no bake coffee flavored dessert, then you’re sure to love this recipe, which is very similar to the classic New York Times Tiramisù Recipe. Let’s look at how to make classic Tiramisù.

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What is Tiramisù?

Tiramisù is a delicate classic Italian, coffee flavored dessert. Its delicious layers are made of homemade custard between coffee dipped ladyfingers, topped with cocoa powder. Ingredients include egg yolks, sugar, mascarpone, ladyfingers, espresso, cocoa powder, and heavy cream.

Terrified of making Tiramisù but I need to try

If you’re thinking that you’re terrified of making Tiramisù but you need to try, then that’s a step in the right direction. We’ve got your back and we’ll help to take you the rest of the way to success.

This recipe really is quite simple, and you don’t even have to bake it. Making the custard portion is the only part that requires mixing of ingredients.

How to Make the Best Tiramisù

The best Tiramisù is made with good quality ladyfingers, good quality espresso, and some excellent homemade custard built from mascarpone and silky egg yolks. Using quality ingredients lends itself to producing quality results.

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Good to the last drop.

Tips for Tiramisù Success

Following are some of our best tips for first timeTiramisù success.

Don’t soak. Do a quick dip of the ladyfingers into the espresso. Don’t allow them to soak as this will cause them to crumble and with compromise the quality of your dessert.

Switch up layers. If you’re running the first layer of ladyfingers horizontally on the pan, run the second layer vertically to make a stronger dessert and so that it doesn’t fall over so easily.

Let it cool. Be patient and take the time for the dessert to cool before serving it. Our recipe suggests allowing 4-6 hours for cooling. This will make a better dessert if you chill it first.

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Tiramisù should be stored in the refrigerator once it has been prepared. It is best when eaten fresh and after it has been chilled. Storing it for too long will cause it to become soggy.

Make ahead

When making our Tiramisù Italiano recipe, you’ll want to plan enough time to make it ahead so that it can thoroughly chill for the best results. It’s better than whipping it up and eating it 10 minutes later. Being patient is worth the wait.

Where to buy

There are a couple of ingredients called for in this recipe that you might not normally look for at your grocery store. Those are mascarpone and ladyfingers. Ladyfingers and mascarpone can be found in larger, well stocked grocery stores. Or you might also choose to purchase ladyfingers online.

Substituting Ingredients in Tiramisù

Here are a few ingredients that you might choose to substitute.

Mascarpone. Can be substituted using 12 oz cream cheese blended with 3 oz heavy cream until a nice spreadable consistency.

Espresso. Can be substituted using a good quality very dark coffee.

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What Makes This the Best Recipe

There are several characteristics that make this recipe the best Tiramisù. It’s as if this Tiramisù Cake makes our favorite dessert even better. In fact it’s similar to Tiramisù from Balducci’s in New York City.

Easy to make. This Authentic Tiramisù Recipe is an easy to make no-bake recipe. It can be put together in a matter of a few minutes and chilled in preparation for being served.

Tastes delicious. The combination of ingredients used as well as the process used to create this dessert help it taste delicious.

Uses quality ingredients. The quality ingredients of homemade custard, mascarpone, and espresso help to make this one of the most delicious.

Recipe FAQ and Tips:

Following are questions that are asked frequently and helpful tips about the New York Times Tiramisu Recipe.We trust that these answers will be helpful to you. If you have further questions, please submit them to us in the comments box below.

How long will leftover Tiramisù keep in the fridge?

Tiramisu is best when eaten fresh, after the initial 4-6 hours of refrigeration. If it’s kept in the refrigerator it tends to get soggy and the texture is not as good. If you choose to refrigerate leftover Tiramisu, you can still eat it for up to 3 days. After that, it should be thrown out.

Can you freeze Tiramisù?

It is not recommended to freeze Tiramisu. This is because it alters the texture too much and after it’s thawed the cream is not as good and the lady finger layers begin to break down and turn to mush. We recommend eating it while it’s fresh for best results.

Can you make Tiramisù ahead of time?

Our Tiramisu recipe calls for the whole cake to chill for 4-6 hours, after it’s assembled but before you cut into it and serve it. With this in mind, you’ll need to plan ahead to make it. However, we don’t recommend making it much in advance of the 6 hours before you plan to serve it as it’s best when fresh.

What ladyfingers are best?

Use ladyfingers that are of good quality. Most larger, well stocked grocery stores also carry ladyfingers and you can try shopping for them there.

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Can You Make Tiramisù Without the Rum?

Yes, making New York Times Tiramisù Recipe. without the rum is an option. We don’t use rum in our recipe, but if you like the flavor, you can add a tablespoon to the cream. And if you’d rather leave it out, that’s fine too.

Is Tiramisù made with raw eggs?

Some Tiramisù recipes call for the use of raw eggs, but ours does not. We take the conservative approach without risk to the hazards that can be found by the consumption of raw eggs.

I can’t find mascarpone, is there a substitute?

Yes, you can blend 12 ounces of softened cream cheese with 3 ounces of heavy whipping cream, and you will achieve a similar flavor, consistency, and texture as you would using mascarpone.

What Other Size Pans Can You Use?

We recommend using a 8×8 inch pan, 9×9 inch pan, or a loaf pan. But you can also improvise and use other sizes. Just keep in mind you might need to double your recipe in some cases to fill the pan.

How to Make the Perfect Tiramisù

In the following, we’ll teach you how to make it step by step. It’s an easy, no-bake Classic Tiramisù dessert that is wonderfully coffee flavored. You’ll need these Tiramisù ingredients as well as an 8×8 inch dish or a 9×9 inch dish. A loaf pan will also work for your New York Times Tiramisù Recipe.

Recommended Materials:

Baking Pan.
Electric Mixer


For the cream:
4 large egg yolks
½ cup sugar, divided
¾ cup heavy cream
1 cup mascarpone

For the cake:
1 ¾ cups good espresso or strong coffee
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
24 ladyfingers
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, shaved for garnish (optional)


Following are step by step preparation instructions for the best New York Times Tiramisù Recipe.

Step 1: Prepare the Custard

1. Using an electric mixer, whip together egg yolks and ¼ cup sugar at high speed, until the color turns a light yellow and the volume has about tripled.

2. Transfer mixture to a saucepan over medium heat. Heat until boiling, stirring regularly. Remove from heat, set aside until cooled.

3. In the mixing bowl, combine heavy cream and remaining sugar. Whip on high until soft peaks begin to form. Add mascarpone and blend until smooth and medium peaks begin to form.

4. Gently add the cooled egg yolks to the whipped cream mixture and fold until combined.

Step 2: Prepare the Ladyfingers and Espresso

1. Brew the espresso or good black coffee and place in a wide shallow bowl that is adequate for dipping.

2. Dust the bottom of a baking dish with cocoa powder.

3. Quickly dip each of the ladyfingers in the espresso and then line the bottom of the baking pan with each one. Ladyfingers are delicate and will begin to crumble if saturated too much.

Step 3: Assemble the Dessert

1. Spread half the mascarpone mixture on the ladyfingers and spread into an even layer. Repeat with another layer of ladyfingers and custard mixture.

2. Dust the top layer with tablespoon of cocoa powder.

3. Garnish with shaved or grated chocolate if desired. 4. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 4-6 hours before serving.

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