On the same visit to Bologna (as last post – Pasta from Scratch), in the same tiny apartment with the lovely cooking teacher Ciara I saw this Italian lady whip up a tiramisu in a matter of minutes.  Her 15 year old son was off out to play double bass with his jazz band and begged her before he left to make tiramisu “Mama make me tiramisu” (In Italian).  She smiled, we smiled – we were thrilled!  Now it’s not the tiramisu you and I know – it was a quick home-made version designed to satisfy your family within the hour.  It has fresh strawberries, no biscuit, cocoa or coffee.  It’s definitely a bit healthier….but still includes the divinely creamy mascarpone.

Quick Tiramisu

5 egg yolks

5 tablespoons caster sugar

500g mascarpone cheese

1 splash marsala wine

200g fresh strawberries, halved or quartered

75g dark chocolate, grated


Beat the sugar and egg yolks together until you have a very thick and pale mixture.  Fold in the mascarpone and marsala wine gently and completely.  Pour into a large glass serving bowl (or individual glasses) and chill in the fridge for half an hour.

Top with freshly chopped strawberries and chocolate shavings.  Eat!

Quick Tiramisu



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