What a Dish: Bianca’s Tiramisu

What a Dish: Bianca’s Tiramisu

Did you know that the literal meaning of ‘tiramisu’ in Italian is ‘pick me up’.  In fact, Venetian courtesans used to eat it before their gentlemen arrived for the evening because they believed it would give them the energy to make love all night! xxx

Alongside many amazing Italians, I pride myself on my homemade tiramisu.  This recipe has come from my amazing and crazy Calabrian flatmates Stefania and Serena.  When I was living in Rome, it would be our special dessert for guests who would come to visit from all around the world.  We would often offer a tiramisu cooking lesson as well – sending our guests home, with recipe in hand.

No cooking required, just make sure you leave yourself sufficient time to let it soak up all the delicious crema and cafe.


  • 6 eggs
  • 6 tbsp caster sugar
  • 500g marscapone
  • 2 cups espresso coffee
  • Savoiardi biscuits (approx 20 large)
  • 100ml liquor (Kahlua, Baileys, Tia Maria, or Frangelico)
  • Dark chocolate (approx 200g block)
  • Chocolate powder
  • Mixed berries to serve


  1. Separate the egg yolks and whites.  Cream the yolks with the sugar until pale.  (To really make this smooth and silky, use a copper pot as a bain marie when mixing – this will also ensure that all of the sugar has dissolved)
  2. Add and mix through the marscaponeand half the liquor.
  3. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Fold the egg whites through the marscapone mixture to complete the crema.
  4. Spread a layer of the crema on the bottom of a rectangular lasagna/baking dish.  [NB: The disposable foil dishes available at supermarkets are a great option for this]
  5. Dip the Savoiardi biscuits into cool diluted espresso mixed with the remainder of the liquor.  Layer side by side in the dish.
  6. Alternate layers of cream, biscuits, and roughly grated chocolate (to taste).  Finish with a thick layer of crema and cover with chocolate powder.  Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
  7. Serve with mixed berries and chocolate powder.