• 400g dried sponge fingers
  • 3 eggs
  • 450g mascarpone cheese
  • 140g sugar
  • 400ml espresso coffee (instant is fine)
  • 200ml brandy/rum
  • 50g dark cocoa powder
  • 100g dark chocolate


  1. Start by taking the mascarpone out of the fridge an hour in advance to soften.
  2. Begin separating your eggs, add the yolks to a mixer and whisk with 100g of the sugar until doubled in size and pale yellow in colour.
  3. Fold this into the mascarpone and mix lightly until smooth.
  4. Clean the mixer and add the egg whites, whisk with the remaining sugar until a meringue is formed, fold this into the mascarpone mix and set aside at room temperature. add a pinch of sea salt.
  5. Warm the coffee with the alcohol and pour into a bowl. Begin assembling the tiramisu: Dip the sponge fingers in the coffee for 5 seconds to absorb liquid, layer these in the base of the tray.
  6. Add an even layer of the cream and spread to fill the gaps. Repeat the process until the tray is full. Leave to set in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight if possible.
  7. Melt the dark chocolate and spread on a marble worktop or glass chopping board, allow it to cool in the fridge. Push a scraper or spatula across the chocolate to create swirls, decorate the top of the tiramisu with these.
  8. Remove the tiramisu from the cake tin, dust the top with cocoa powder and cut into squares, decorate with chocolate swirls and serve.