Deconstructed tiramisu, a modern variation of the traditional classic

Tiramisu is a dessert made with ladyfingers, coffee and mascarpone cream. Its origin has been debated for a long time and its origins have been disputed paternity are two Italian regions: Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Over the years, different versions of the dessert have been born, including the decomposed tiramisu. Basically, the ingredients are served separately: the coffee in the cup, the cream in a small bowl and the biscuits on the side. The decomposed tiramisu is perfect to serve as an alternative end of meal and its preparation is really simple.

Tiramisu: yes, but decomposed

Over time, many have tried their hand at the tiramisu recipe, creating quite a few variations. From the most blasphemous (like those with pavesini) to the most original fruit-based ones, if a dessert is prepared with ladyfingers and layers of cream it is identified as tiramisu. The decomposed tiramisu roughly follows the classic tiramisu recipe but without assembling it in bowls or in a baking dish. Even the ingredients are the same so it’s perfect for bringing all the flavor of this recipe to the table in a completely different way.

Ingredients for 4 people

  • 250 g of mascarpone
  • 100 g of sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 8 ladyfingers
  • 4 coffees
  • Cacao amaro q.b.

The recipe for decomposed tiramisu

First you will have to separate the egg whites from the yolks. Whip the first ones until stiff with an electric whisk and keep them aside. Work the second courses with the sugar until you obtain a light and frothy cream, then add the mascarpone. Combine the two compounds by adding the egg whites to the mascarpone cream and mixing gently from bottom to top.

Prepare the coffees and pour them into the cups, distribute the mascarpone cream in small bowls and decorate with a sprinkling of bitter cocoa. Serve, accompanying each portion with two ladyfingers biscuits. It will be up to each diner to soak the biscuit and complete it with the mascarpone cream, thus savoring all the flavours.


There has been a lot of talk about tiramisu and there are many curiosities around this dessert. From hers disputed origins, to an alleged birth around the seventeenth century. In reality, the first written trace dates back to 1960 in a dictionary of the Italian language. But it seems to be inspired by a poor breakfast peasant woman who included beaten egg with sugar accompanied by a glass of milk and a biscuit.

In short, we will never know when and where tiramisu was born. This dessert will be talked about for a long time to come, both for its variations and for its incredible goodness. Do you think that even a day of celebration was dedicated to him, the Tiramisu Day which occurs every year on March 21!

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