Food Emperor


By January 6, 2015 Sweet

A tiramisú is a classic Italian desert first invented in the sixties. So no, it’s not one of those things that were eaten back in ancient times. There are many variations, and even the basic recipe is different depending on who you ask. But in principle tiramisu consists of Savoiardi-biscuits, also known as butterfingers, that have been drenched in strong coffee and a sweet wine, usually Marsala. They are then covered in a batter mainly consisting of sweetened mascarpone cheese. Once the cake has set in the refrigerator for a couple of hours, it’s covered in a layer of cocoa powder. Some heat the mascarpone. Other’s don’t. Some say you need to add some fresh cream to your cheese batter to lighten it up. Other’s say using egg yolks is enough. I’ve solved all this for you by trial and error, and I’ve added some steps that will definitely make this one of the most flavoursome tiramisu deserts you’ve ever had.

First of all, I’m flavouring the mascarpone with pistachios. Because I really like those green things. And I won’t simply buy mascarpone, as most recipes call for, and then mix in the nuts. No, I’ll be making my own mascarpone. And while I’m at it, I’ll let the cream infuse with the nuts before it has even become mascarpone, making it light green in color and full of flavour one it has set. Second, I’ll make my own butterfingers. Sure, the store bought ones are good, but imagine how amazing it would be to tell your guests you made everything from scratch? And it’s not that hard. But wait, there’s more to it… Because I make the butterfingers myself, why settle with the classic butterfinger shape? Come on, we’ll make a cake bottom that covers the whole bottom, instead of just laid out biscuits.

Yields about 4-8 portions, depending on how big deserts you want.

To make your own pistachio infused mascarpone cheese, you’ll need:

  • 150g of peeled pistachios
  • 1000g of full cream (that’s about 1 liter. The higher fat content, the better! Remember that I’m making more mascarpone than I’m using for the deserts, so you might want to make less, if you don’t want to save any for other recipes)
  • 60g of lemon juice (that’s about 4,25 tbsp)

This is how you make the infused mascarpone:

  1. Finely chop the pistachios. I recommend using a food processor, but if you prefer manual knives, please go ahead. Save some for the topping!
  2. Heat the cream to 88 degrees. Be careful so you don’t burn it in the bottom of the sauce pan.
  3. Stir in the pistachios, and let it simmer for 10 minutes (still 88 degrees, use a thermometer!)
  4. Now stir constantly while pouring in the lemon juice. Keep stiring for another 5 minutes, still on 88 degrees.
  5. Let it cool a little.
  6. Unless you have a cheesecloth and a cheesecloth holder, prepare a clean kitchen cloth and put it in a colander. Pour the cream into the cloth, cover with some plastic wrap, and let cool in the refrigerator over night.
  7. Now you have a lot of mascarpone, great on your toast, or mixed with some sugar and eaten as a simple desert. Or, you can use it to make tiramisú!

To make your own ladyfingers you’ll need:

  • 60 grams of sugar (that’s about 2/3 deciliters)
  • 60 g wheat flour (about 1 dl)
  • 2 eggs
  • A pinch of salt
  • The content from 2 vanilla beans (or about 1/3 teaspoon of dried pure vanilla powder)

This is how you make the ladyfingers (and an alternative way of doing it):

  1. Set the oven to 175 degrees celsius
  2. Separate the egg whites from the yolks, and put the whites in a stand mixer bowl (or any bowl you’ll be mixing in, perhaps by hand, who am I to presume anything?). Put the yolks in another bowl.
  3. Mix the yolks with the vanilla, a pinch of salt and half of the sugar.
  4. Mix the egg whites to a stable foam with soft peaks. After a couple of minutes of mixing, add the rest of the sugar to the whites, it will help with getting the right texture. Remember, soft peaks, you don’t want a hard foam.
  5.  Fold in the egg whites with the yolk mix. Be careful, you don’t want to beat out all the air bubbles from the white. I recommend you fold down half of the egg white mix first, and then the second half, it’s easier to combine it that way.
  6. Take a plastic bag, fill it with the mixture, cut off a corner, and use it to pipe your ladyfingers.
  7. When they’re golden brown, they’re ready. It takes about 6 minutes. Maybe more, maybe less. You can always try with one first, to see how it turns out.
  8. As you might know, these are the biscuits/crackers traditionally used in tiramisù. But because you’re not buying them in the store for this recipe, nothing is preventing you from making another shape. So how about this… Cover the bottom of the serving plate with the batter, and make perfectly sized butterfingers… well, butterbottoms?
  9. When the butterbottoms turn light brown, take them out and put the serving cups in cold water to prevent your butterbottoms to burn. I’ll be using the butterbottoms for the rest of this recipe.

The assembly…

  • You need 330 grams of pistachio mascarpone. You can’t buy it, but I think you have some in the refrigerator by now.
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 50 grams of full cream (1/2 dl)
  • 130 grams of powdered sugar (that’s about 1,2 dl)
  • A couple of teaspoons of finely chopped pistachios, the ones you saved the other day.
  • 8 tablespoons of Marsala wine (sweet Italian wine)
  • 8 tablespoons of strong coffee, cooled.
  • A couple of tablespoons of cacao powder.
  1. Mix the egg yolks, the cream and the powdered sugar.
  2. Combine the mix with the pistachio mascarpone. And whip it until it gets a nice, soft yet quite firm texture. Like hard whipped cream, kind of.
  3. Soak the “butterbottoms” with about 2 tablespoons of wine and 2 tablespoons of coffee per serving. If you want more wine flavor, or more coffee, go ahead. If you didn’t make your own butterfingers/”butterbottoms” but rather went to the store, just soak the store bought ones and arrange them along the bottom of a serving bowl of some kind.
  4. Cover the soaked cake base with the mascarpone mix.
  5. Cover with plastic, and refrigerate for about 2 hours until the whole thing firms up a bit. Continute with step 6 just before serving.
  6. Generously sprinkle the cacao powder on top of the mascarpone.
  7. Garnish with the chopped pistachios.
  8. Done!

Pistachio tiramisu

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  • Beth January 6, 2015 at 22:42

    marry me!

  • TheSunnivaa January 7, 2015 at 00:54

    No no, marry me first!

  • Radek January 7, 2015 at 17:31

    Na ile takich kubków taka porcja wystarczy ? Na dwa tak jak na filmie ?

  • Adam January 20, 2015 at 22:06

    Ciągnąłbym jaja w szkło!

  • Michał Chudy January 31, 2015 at 14:07

    Zapomniałeś o mące w przepisie na biszkopt.

  • tomasz February 6, 2015 at 22:09

    just one question regarding the pistachios – can I usa salty that are easily available or I need to find not salty?

  • Oster February 11, 2015 at 14:07

    I have used salty pistachios and it was very good 😀

  • bartosz February 11, 2015 at 17:57

    guys How many % of fat do you have in the cream? I’ll try 30% but i dont know if It is enough

  • bartosz February 12, 2015 at 20:16

    Ok ive made this mascarpone with 30% cream and It look quiet well:) i havent mix It yet with other ingredients

  • PabloAosta June 9, 2015 at 23:05

    Grazie Imperatore! Io sono italiano e approvo!!

  • piti September 11, 2015 at 20:34

    I hae fuckin forgotten to put the flour into savoiardis. Whats rock with me ffs

    • The Food Emperor September 12, 2015 at 23:31

      So you basically have eggs now?

      • Piti September 25, 2015 at 23:44

        I had something like baked sweet omelette instead of biscuites, but it was still delicious :v fantastic receipe

        • The Food Emperor January 8, 2017 at 11:22

          A baked omelette?!

  • Adi September 17, 2015 at 19:39

    Zajebiste kurwa ,aż mi pitok się zatrząsł 😀

  • mylasagna October 31, 2015 at 16:03

    Hi, Thanks for the recipe! I am Italian and made few adjustments: the lemon is too much and the mascarpone tastes a bit lemony. next time 45/50 grams will be enough. Lady-fingers ingredients are not enough. I made them times 1.5 i.e. 3 eggs, 90g of sugar, 90g of flour. The final cream is too thick and strong. I incorporated 2 beaten egg whites at the end. All in all a great idea, thanks!

  • kamil December 19, 2015 at 00:04

    1000g śmietany, mleka czy czego?

  • Marcin December 30, 2015 at 19:22


    Jedna uwaga: w przepisie (tekst) nie jest napisane, w którym momencie dodaje się mąkę. Jest tylko na wideo. Czuwaj