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Absolutely delicious - thanks John and Wendy for this recipe.

It’s not just pasta for which we have to thank the Italians. Their sensational Tirumisu – literally “pick-me-up” – is one of the world’s best desserts. A delicious combination of sponge layer and creamy filling, flavoured with coffee and Marsala, Tiramisu should not be missed!


Serves 6-8

  • 397g. Can Nestle Sweetened condensed milk
  • 500g (1lb 2oz) Mascarpone of full-fat cream cheese
  • 45ml (3tbsp) Marsala Wine or Brandy
  • 150ml (1/4pt) Cold strong black coffee
  • 100g (4oz) Sponge fingers
  • 15g (1/2oz) Cocoa powder


In a mixing bowl beat together condensed milk and mascarpone or cream cheese.

Mix together Marsala wine or brandy with coffee in a shallow bowl.

Take one sponge finger at a time and dip it in the coffee mixture, holding it in for a few seconds but taking care not to make the biscuits soggy.

Line a trifle dish with a layer of sponge fingers. Spoon over half the creamy mixture. Sift over a generous dusting of cocoa. Repeat

Finish with a layer of cocoa, then chill well before serving.

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Tried making this in France and it was delicious - couldn't get any evaporated milk so used cream instead plus cocoa powder wasn't easy to find so I grated fresh dark chocolate over the top. Yummy!

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