Tiramisu Recipe from Scratch

Chef Dan Catanio , On July 14, 2023


Italian Tiramisu Recipe from Scratch Overview

Today, I will walk you through the process of making a delicious Italian tiramisu recipe from scratch! In Italian tiramisu means “pick-me-up” since it contains coffee and can give you a kick of caffeine to “pick-you-up” and give energy. For this tiramisu recipe I will provide step-by-step instructions and will make this in individual pre-portioned servings in little glass mason jars that are perfect for special occasions or even as a sweet “pick me up” treat after a workout.

Tiramisu Recipe from Scratch Video

Tiramisu Recipe from Scratch Ingredients

Tiramisu Ingredients

Tiramisu Recipe From Scratch Ingredients

  • Bavarian cream (already prepared)

  • Soft mascarpone cheese

  • Vanilla extract

  • Heavy whipping cream

  • Whipped topping

  • Ladyfinger cookies

  • Espresso coffee

  • Coffee syrup (no sugar added)

  • Chocolate granola (optional topping)

Tiramisu Recipe from Scratch Instructions

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine a half cup of Bavarian cream and half cup of soft mascarpone cheese and mix well.

  2. Add a half cap full of vanilla extract and a couple tablespoons of heavy whipping cream to thin the mixture.

  3. Gently fold in the whipped topping to create a mousse-like texture. Set the cream mixture aside.

  4. Transfer the cream mixture into a pastry bag for easy layering. Cut the tip of the pastry bag using scissors.

  5. Take a sterilized mason jar and squeeze a small amount of the cream mixture into the bottom as the first layer.

  6. Break ladyfinger cookies into pieces and place them on top of the cream layer.

  7. In a separate container, mix espresso coffee with coffee syrup. Sprinkle some of this mixture over the ladyfinger cookies and add another layer of the cream mixture on top of the soaked cookies.

  8. Repeat the layers by adding more broken ladyfinger cookies, sprinkling coffee syrup and espresso mixture, and topping with the cream mixture. Continue until the jar is filled, leaving some space at the top.

  9. For the final layer, add a generous amount of Bavarian cream on top of the jar. If desired, sprinkle chocolate granola or any other preferred toppings over the cream.

  10. Gently press down on the toppings to ensure they stick.

Completed Tiramisu

There you go! Finished Tiramisu Recipe in a Jar

Serving and Storing Tiramisu Recipe from Scratch in Jars

  • Place the lids on the tiramisu recipe jars and refrigerate for at least 2-3 hours, or overnight, to allow the flavors to meld together and the cookies to soften. When ready to serve, remove the tiramisu jars from the refrigerator and enjoy the delicious homemade tiramisu recipe straight from the jar.

  • Feel free to make a couple tiramisu jars in advance to store and enjoy throughout the week! However, do make sure that the jar is tightly sealed if you want to store it for a couple of days to enjoy throughout the week.

  • If you wish to create a larger serving of this tiramisu recipe from scratch or wish to share your creation of this recipe with a family or friend, feel free to store your tiramisu in other containers (reference best meal prep containers for meal prepping to see what kind of containers would be applicable for storing this tiramisu recipe).

Tiramisu Recipe Notes

Do you have some ingredients leftover such as some ladyfingers, Bavarian cream, vanilla syrup and whipped cream topping and you wish to make a kid friendly dessert recipe that does not incorporate coffee? Go ahead and try our Italian coconut pudding recipe! With the leftover ingredients and just some coconut syrup and coconut flakes, you can make a delicious Italian coconut pudding dessert!

With this step-by-step guide, you can easily create a delectable tiramisu recipe from scratch. The creamy layers, soaked cookies, and delightful flavors make it a perfect dessert for any occasion. Experiment with different toppings to create a one of a kind tiramisu recipe and serve these individual desserts to impress your guests or enjoy them as a personal indulgence.

Chef Dan Catanio

A Culinary Institute of America graduate from the 1990s, Chef Dan began his career as a saucier at the Waldorf Astoria in Manhattan under the Hilton Corporation. Over the years, he has held key positions such as Corporate Executive Chef Director at 5-star restaurants, country clubs, and Indian Casino Resorts.