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Rach asked her sister, Maria, if she could make the simplest possible tiramisu (which means "pick me up" in Italian). The result is this incredible egg-free 10-minute version—not including the refrigeration time—that anyone can prepare. And as Maria says, "It's a great Valentine's Day dessert—it's rich, it's delicious, it looks elegant." So, add it to your menu pronto! 

Pro Tip from Maria: The tiramisu is even better when made a day ahead. It will keep covered in the refrigerator for up to four days. 

For more recipes from our Valentine's Day celebration check out Rach's Spaghetti and Meatballs with 'Nduja, John's Sidecar Royale Cocktail and Cheesy Pepperoni Heart Twists.


  • 2 cups strong coffee or espresso
  • 3 tablespoons liquor or liqueur, such as dark rum, Kahlua, Grand Marnier, Tia Maria or Cognac (optional)
  • 2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup mascarpone cheese
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup superfine sugar
  • 24 to 36 dried (not sponge) ladyfingers
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting
  • Fresh berries, to serve


Serves: 6 to 8


In a medium shallow container, stir together the coffee, liquor or liqueur (if using), granulated sugar and salt. Set aside to cool. 

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the mascarpone and heavy cream until smooth; do not beat. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream mixture with the superfine sugar on low speed, gradually increasing the speed, but never going above medium, until it resembles marshmallow frosting; the peaks should hold, but not be stiff, and the mixture should be spreadable.  

Working with one ladyfinger at a time, dip about a third of them in the coffee mixture (work quickly and do not soak them) and place them side-by-side in an 8-by-8-inch dish until the bottom is covered. Cover with half of the cream mixture. Repeat with another layer of lady fingers and the remaining cream. End with a layer of ladyfingers.   

Cover the dish and refrigerate until the tiramisu is firm, about 4 hours. When ready to serve, liberally dust the top with cocoa powder. Serve with fresh berries.