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Easy Tiramisu

  • Serves: 9
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Calories: 546
Easy Tiramisu

This easy tiramisu has the same big, coffee-and-cream flavor as traditional recipes, but is way simpler to make, and we are here for it!

Tiramisu Fans, Raise Your Hands!

This creamy coffee-spiked dessert is one of our very favorites. That luxurious texture—cake-y lady fingers and plenty of cream—plus the contrasting sweet-and-bitter coffee flavors are second to none. Maybe we are a little biased—because we pretty much love ALL things Italian—but we’re pretty sure we’re not alone in our tiramisu fanaticism. While we don’t claim for this easy tiramisu to be anything traditional, there’s no arguing that it’s absolutely delicious.

a lady finger cookie soaking in coffee in a bowl for tiramisu
first layer of homemade tiramisu
whipped cream in a stand mixer with a whisk
hand spreading whipped cream onto coffee sealed lady finger cookies

A Few Simple Tiramisu Ingredients.

There’s the traditional way to make tiramisu and then there’s the Modern Proper way. The same amazing flavor, but half the steps. We’ve stepped a bit outside of tradition, but the end result is no less delicious than a tiramisu that took all day. Compare the ingredient lists—you can tell that ours is simplified, but true to the spirit of the original recipe:

Traditional tiramisu ingredients:

  • Egg yolks
  • Sugar
  • Whole milk
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Espresso or super strong coffee
  • Italian Ladyfingers (savoiardi)
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Liquor, such as brandy or cognac

TMP tiramisu ingredients:

Our shortcut tiramisu recipe keeps it nice and simple:

  • Heavy cream
  • Mascarpone cheese
  • Strong coffee
  • Ladyfingers
  • Cocoa powder
  • Maple, cinnamon and vanilla
homemade tiramisu recipe
tiramisu in a square pan

Wondering How to Make Tiramisu?

We’ve mixed things up a bit with this recipe, and made some shortcuts, but there’s one thing that can’t be skimped on. The key to this—and any!—tiramisu recipe is great coffee. Strong coffee. We’ve recently been using the OXO’s Pour-Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank for all of our small batches and we can’t say enough about it. The water tank has a small hole pattern that automatically distributes hot water evenly, mimicking how you would do a traditional pour-over or drip coffee. This amazing coffee maker makes it easy to make a batch of super strong coffee because it has all the measurements you need written right there on the machine. That means you get a perfect cup, every time.

Once you have your all-important cup of strong coffee brewed and ready to go, this tiramisu is pretty simple. Here’s how to make tiramisu:

  1. Beat the heavy whipping cream to stiff peaks.
  2. Mix the mascarpone, maple, cinnamon and vanilla.
  3. Dip store-bought ladyfingers in coffee and lay them—side by side—in a dish.
  4. Spread half of the whipped cream mixture over the coffee-soaked cookies. Repeat.
  5. Chill at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  6. Dust with cocoa powder and cinnamon to finish. Then serve!
coco powdered tiramisu recipe

We’ve mixed things up a bit with this recipe, and made some shortcuts, but there’s one thing that can’t be skimped on. The key to this recipe is found in the coffee. Good strong coffee. We’ve recently been using the OXO’s Pour-Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank for all small batches and we can’t say enough about it.

The water tank has a small hole pattern that automatically distributes hot water evenly, mimicking how you would do a traditional pour-over or drip coffee. This amazing coffee maker makes producing strong coffee so easy because it has the all the measurements written right there, meaning you get the perfect cup every time.

OXO pour over coffee maker
easy tiramisu recipe

What Are the Ladyfingers Soaked in for Tiramisu?

Coffee! This is where that good strong coffee comes in. Ladyfingers are a classic European cookie. They’re airy and absorb liquid fast, so a quick dunk in strong coffee gives them the spongy, cakey texture that makes tiramisu what it is. A lot of tiramisu recipes call for the inclusion of alcohol—often brandy or cognac, or even rum—but we left it out to keep this tiramisu simple. Because we omitted brandy or cognac in this recipe, the extra strong coffee we use is key to capturing the delicious flavor you know and love about tiramisu.

the best tiramisu recipe on a plate made with coffee
cocoa powder on tiramisu on a plate with a cup of coffee

How do you make authentic Tiramisu?

Authentic tiramisu requires liquor and well beaten eggs, but we’ve decided to skip the technical stuff and use heavy cream with mascarpone folded into it. This heavenly mixture is layered between the coffee-soaked ladyfingers, and well, the result is all the satisfaction of tiramisu in half the time and with half the mess. I know, I know, it’s brilliant. The most challenging part about this recipe is resisting the urge to dive into the dish with a fork while it is chilling in the refrigerator overnight. Your patience will be rewarded however, once you indulge in that first perfectly layered, creamy bite. All you need to make this moment truly perfect is a great cup of coffee to go along with that tiramisu, and I have a feeling that the OXO Pour-Over Coffee Maker can help with that, as well.

a hand with a fork digging into homemade easy tiramisu

Your Favorite No-Bake Italian Dessert, Made Easy.

If you make this scrumptious no-bake dessert we’d love to hear about it! Tag @themodernproper and use the hashtag #themodernproper so we can admire your handiwork and drool along with you.

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Easy Tiramisu Recipe

  • Serves: 9
  • Prep Time: 25 min
  • Calories: 546

Ingredients

Method

  1. In a stand mixer, with hand held electric mixer or by hand, beat the heavy whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Set aside.
  2. Mix the mascarpone, maple, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and vanilla until combined. Add in the whipped cream and beat again until smooth.
  3. Dip each lady finger into the coffee. Don’t soak the cookies or they will get too soggy. Line a 9×9″ square baking dish with a layer of lady fingers.
  4. Spread half of the whip cream mixture over the cookies. Repeat the coffee dipping with the remaining lady fingers to form another layer. Top again with the rest of the cream and chill for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Dust with cocoa powder and ½ tsp cinnamon before serving.