Homemade Italian Light Tiramisu Recipe

Tiramisu is a dessert that goes on well for all occasions, because everyone loves Tiramisu. There are so many ways to prepare it, like a light or classic one. Some people also use mascarpone or ricotta cheese for making the cream.  Another variation can be on the use of Pavesini (Italian biscuits), sponge or ladyfingers (Italian Savoiardi) for the base of Tiramisu. 

tiramisu covered with cocoa
Here is my light Tiramisu covered with cocoa

An important thing to underline, you won’t waste any part of eggs and that the light Tiramisu has less fat because of the ricotta cheese instead of Mascarpone.

Ingredients for a light Tiramisu

Ingredients for tiramisu

  • Bailies liqueur (100 ml);
  • Ricotta Cheese (500 grams);
  • Lady fingers or Italian Savoiardi (400 gr usually 1 pack);
  • Eggs 4 (separate yolks and whites, you will use both);
  • Icing sugar (2 tablespoons);
  • Cocoa (2 tablespoons);
  • Custard sugar (40 grams)
  • Coffee  (100 ml). Ok dried coffee.

The preparation Step by Step

  1. Make the coffee (100 ml) and let it cool down. Set it aside. Note: You can make it with dried coffee too.
  2. Separate the yolks from the whites. You will need a second bowl for storing the whites.
  3. In a large bowl, add 4 egg yolks and 40 grams of sugar;
  4. Mix the yolks and sugar with a mixer until you get a soft and creamy texture 

mix yolks and sugar

5. Add the ricotta cheese to the mixture and mix it with a spatula.

ricotta cheese is the secret for a light tiramisu

In the photo below, how the mixture should look like after you have mixed all the ingredients together. 

mix ricotta cheese with the beaten eggs

 6. Take the bowl, with the egg whites. Whip them until stiff.

 7. Add Icing sugar and mix slowly (whites and icing sugar) using a spatula. In the photo below, I am showing you how the whipped whites should look like.

the white is ready

8. Add the whipped white mixture to the previous bowl containing the egg yolk.

9. For the base of Tiramisu you can use the sponge cakes, Italian Savoiardi or the ladyfingers. 

10. In a tray, mix the coffee with the liqueur. The photo below show you how the mixture looks like. You can use any tray as this is only for dipping the Savoiardi biscuits.

bagna for tiramisu

11. Take another tray. Dimensions would be around 26 cm x 19 cm as reference.

The trick here is to create layers Savoiardi (soaked in coffee) alternated to the previous prepared cream.

  • First make the first layer of coffee-liqueur soaked Savoiardi. Dip Savoiardi in the coffee liquid, then place one after the other in the baking tray (see pictures below).
  • Cover the first layer of Savoiardi (or Ladyfingers) with 1/3 of the mixture cream.
  • Cover then with another layers of Savoiardi and continue until you used all the ingredients. Remember that you have to top the tray with the cream and not with the Savoiardi.
  •  At this point, you will have probably reached the top of your baking tray.  Well done!

With the ingredients I gave you, I made 3 layers of Savoiardi. Tip: Remember to soak them (one after the other) in the liquid first and soon start to make the first layer of savoiardi or they will break.

layer of savoiardi

  • Once you have topped with mixture cream, sprinkle with cocoa the top.
  • The tiramisu is now ready to be stored in the fridge for 1 hour at least. 
  • After 1 hour you can serve it. If you find there is less cocoa powder on top you can re-sprinkle it when you are serving.

how to make a mini tiramisu

Tip: You can buy few small bowls-glasses and make small tiramisu with the ingredients that I gave you. You can serve a small tiramisu to celebrate Saint Valentine or a Birthday or just as your own dessert on weekend. This is fantastic idea, isn’t it?

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