Basic Tiramisu

The last few months have all been about getting a Training Contract. For those of you who don’t know I have been at university studying law with the aim of becoming a solicitor in a City Law firm. Whilst I’m looking for a job (more specifically a Training Contract) I won’t actually start for another two years. I need a Training Contract so that someone will sponsor me to go to law school – I just can’t afford to pay the £15,000 fees myself.

Because I’ve been working so hard on applications, going in and out of London for interview after interview, my lovely boyfriend Jon offered to cook me a candlelit dinner last week. He cooked a delicious summer viegetable risotto with home-made cheesey garlic bread. I was put in charge of pudding.

When I got off of the train from yet another inteview, I popped into Tescos to trawl the aisles and see what I fancied. Before I knew it I had a basket full of ingredients for a basic Tiramisu.

Basic Tiramisu recipe

Basic Tiramisu

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: 8 portions


  • 150ml coffee (instant, cooled)
  • 3 tbsp sugar (preferably caster sugar but granulated will do just fine!)
  • 2 eggs (separated)
  • 250g marscapone cheese
  • 250ml double or whipping cream
  • One pack of sponge fingers
  • Any extra chocolate-y bits and cocoa for dusting!


  1. After mixing 150ml of coffee and allowing to cool, dip half of the the sponge fingers into the coffee and place in a dish. Long and flat is best!
  2. In 3 separate bowls (yes there is quite a bit of washing up), mix the egg yolk and sugar (bowl #1), the egg whites into soft peaks (bowl #2) and in the final bowl whip the cream.
  3. First add the marscapone to the egg and sugar mix. Next fold in the whipped cream. Then finally add the egg whites, trying not to knock out any of the fluffy and airiness.
  4. Pour half the creamy mixture on to the sponge fingers and dust with cocoa powder. Add another layer of the sponge fingers, and repeat with the creamy mixture.
  5. It's almost like a dessert lasagna!
  6. Top the tiramisu with a dusting of cocoa sugar and any other chocolaty treats!
  7. Place in the fridge until serving and enjoy!
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It was really sweet of Jon to cook for me. He’s not the most confident of cooks so I understand why he wanted me to take charge of the Tiramisu. The best thing about Tiramisu is how really, its just an assembly job. Although making the cream takes a bit of skill this recipe really is basic enough for everyone to have a go! You could even get kids involved in making it. They will love being able to take ownership over their food.

4 thoughts on “Basic Tiramisu”

  • Hi girls! Glad you're all enjoying tge recipe! More to come soon I promise! Jess if you like this recipe and you're not already, I suggest you follow me for more ideas! I usually post once or twice a week 🙂 as for the tiramisu, I find its best to only dip the sponge fingers into the coffee for a short period of time. They really are like sponges and if they are oversaturated they soon disintergrate and you're left with a watery, mushy mess! Also thanks for the well wishes Xinmie, I have a whole month of assesment centres and interviews to go! Then city food blogging it is 😀

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