How to Make Tiramisu

Learn how to make tiramisu in just a few simple steps.

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Photo By: Brian Kennedy ©2013, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tiramisu 101

Giada's tiramisu is made with ladyfingers dipped in espresso that are then layered with a whipped mascarpone mixture and topped with chocolate shavings. Not by coincidence, it's Italian for "pick-me-up."

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The Ingredients

Set out (counterclockwise from top left) ladyfingers, espresso and dark rum combo, ground espresso, bittersweet chocolate shavings and the mascarpone mixture. To prepare the mixture, beat egg yolks and sugar using an electric mixer until thick and pale, about 5 minutes. Add mascarpone cheese and beat until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon espresso and mix until thoroughly combined.

Soak for 5 Seconds

In a small shallow dish, add remaining espresso and rum. Dip each ladyfinger into espresso for only 5 seconds. Letting the ladyfingers soak too long will cause them to fall apart.

Begin Layering

Place the soaked ladyfingers on the bottom of a baking dish, breaking them in half if necessary in order to fit well.

Add the Mascarpone Mixture

Spread half of the mascarpone mixture evenly over the ladyfingers.

And Repeat

Add another layer of soaked ladyfingers.

Continue Layering

Arrange the ladyfingers until the surface is covered.

Add More Mascarpone

Top with the remaining mascarpone mixture.

Create a Smooth Surface

Using your spatula, spread the mascarpone gently over the ladyfingers for a smooth, even surface. Once you've added the final mascarpone layer, cover your tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.

The Final Touch

For a traditional presentation, sprinkle with chocolate shavings after the tiramisu has chilled in the refrigerator.

Ready to Serve

Giada notes that this dish is perfect for a late-night snack or breakfast the next day. But don't count on leftovers — your guests will surely be helping themselves to seconds.

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How to Make Tiramisu

Tiramisu is Italian for "pick-me-up." It's made with ladyfingers dipped in espresso that are then layered with a whipped mascarpone mixture and topped with chocolate shavings. Giada's version will make enough for you, your sweetie and then some.