The First Shot

Home made tiramisu - v1You’ve got to start somewhere. Mr C and I made our very first tiramisu for dinner at ours with friends Anita and Dan. And where better to look than BBC Good Food and a recipe called ‘Best Ever Tiramisu’? This wasn’t a stunner, but I was pretty happy with it for a first attempt!

Difficulty rating: Easy
Yumminess rating: 


Prep: 30 minutes
Serves: 6


570ml double cream (if in NZ use ‘normal’ cream!)
250g mascarpone
75ml sherry
5 tbsp golden caster sugar
300ml strong coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water
175g sponge fingers
25g chunk dark chocolate
2 tsp cocoa powder


  1. Put the cream, mascarpone, sherry and sugar in a large bowl. Whisk until the cream and mascarpone have completely combined and have the consistency of thickly whipped cream.
  2. Get your serving dish ready. Put the coffee into a shallow dish and dip in a few sponge fingers at a time, turning for a few seconds until they are nicely soaked, but not soggy. Layer these into your dish until you have used half the biscuits, then spread over half of the creamy mixture.
  3. Using the coarse side of the grater, grate over most of the chocolate.
  4. Then repeat the layers (you should use up all the coffee), finishing with the creamy layer.
  5. Cover and chill for a few hrs or overnight. This can now be kept in the fridge for up to 2 days.
  6. To serve, dust with cocoa powder and grate over the remainder of the chocolate.

Tweaked from a recipe in Good Food magazine, March 2009 and at BBC Good Food online