The true Italian Tiramisù

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Chiara Cortinovis, Berlin, Germany
Urban planning

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500g mascarpone cheese
2 big eggs or 3 small ones
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 glass brandy
600g savoiardi (lady fingers) biscuits
Cocoa powder
Coffee (equivalent to 10/12 espresso cups with a total of 2 coffee spoons of sugar)

1. Beat the egg yolks with the sugar. Add the mascarpone and whisk until you get a cream.

2. Add the brandy and last the whipped egg whites.

3. Pour some coffee in a soup bowl so that it cools down.

4. Use a rectangular baking pan and make a first layer of biscuits dip into the coffee (only few seconds!). Cover with cream.

5. Go on with alternate layers as long as you have biscuits. Finish with a thicker cream layer and sprinkle with cocoa powder.

6. Keep in the fridge for at least 12 hours.


I know it might sound obvious, but this is my grandma's recipe, and one of my family's favourites. My international friends simply fall in love with it at the first bite.

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