I don’t normally like coffee flavoured desserts, but this is the one and only exception.


Of course, you will find a million and one recipes for Tiramisu, but this one I like because it isn’t very sweet.

The best thing about Tiramisu – you can make it the day before. It actually tastes better if you do. Also, you don’t need to cook or heat anything.


  • 1 1/2 cups of coffee – I use the real thing, from a real coffee machine. If you have to, use instant, but really, shame on you for not having a coffee machine!
  • 1 cup of marsala – a sherry-like Liquour now labelled as Crema, but it’s the same thing
  • 500g sponge finger biscuits
  • 500g thickened cream
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 500g marscarpone cheese
  • Grated dark chocolate

What you will need

  • Medium sized bowl for coffee
  • Medium sized bowl for cream mixture
  • Beaters
  • Medium sized dish for serving – I use a rectangular pyrex dish

What to do

  1. Mix and coffee and 2/3 of the cup of marsala together
  2. Dip one sponge finger biscuit at a time into the coffee mix, only half submerging it. Don’t hold the biscuit under, and only hold it in the mix for a few seconds (this ensure the biscuit isn’t soaked, and gives a nice look when the cake is cut later)
  3. Place one layer of sponge finger biscuits on the bottom of the serving dish
  4. Beat the cream and sugar until soft peaks form
  5. Add 1/3 cup marsala and marscapone cheese and lightly mix together
  6. Place 1/3 of the cream mix on top of the first layer of biscuits
  7. Then add another layer of coffee soaked biscuits, another layer of cream
  8. Repeat with the final layer
  9. Sprinkle with grated dark chocolate

Makes enough for 9 generous serves at least.

First layer of soaked sponge finger biscuits in TiramisuFirst layer of cheese/cream mix in tiramisu

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