Tiramisu Recipe

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Five Desserts

Food is a big part of culture, and there’s always something special about experiencing another person’s homeland or heritage through their cooking. Here, we’ve asked five local women to share a part of their culture with us through their favorite dessert recipes. Nothing brings people together quite like sharing a sweet treat!

Photography by Rich Smith

“Tiramisu is reserved for special occasions like Thanksgiving or Christmas in our family. Over the years, it has become a meaningful way for me to honor my Italian heritage while also having a nice treat. I love sharing it with my family and hope that my daughters will keep this tradition alive in the future.”

-Sally Stoneman


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Serving of Tiramisu on a plate


Sally Stoneman
Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Servings 10


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 1 orange zest and juice
  • 2 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. Kahlúa, divided
  • 2 cups espresso (or very strong coffee)
  • 2 3 oz. packages of ladyfingers, toasted
  • 1 Tbsp. confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate, grated
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder


  • Beat sugar into egg yolks, then cook in a double boiler on low for 8-10 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat, then whisk in mascarpone and orange zest and set aside.
  • As that cools, whip 2 cups of heavy cream until stiff peaks form, then stir in 2 Tbsp. of Kahlúa.
  • Fold into egg mixture.
  • Mix remaining Kahlúa and orange juice into espresso.
  • Dip ladyfingers into espresso mixture and arrange to line the bottom of an 8x8-inch pan.
  • Spread half of the cream mixture on top of the ladyfingers. Repeat for second layer.
  • Combine remaining heavy cream with confectioner’s sugar and vanilla extract.
  • Whip until thickened, then spread over top.
  • Sprinkle grated chocolate and cocoa powder over the entire surface.
  • Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours. Garnish with chocolate curls before serving.


Note: Tiramisu can be made up to 2 days before serving and is best after at least 1 day of refrigeration.
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