Tiramisu For One

Easy Tiramisu recipe made with coffee-dipped ladyfingers (store-bought or homemade) surrounded by a lightly sweetened, creamy, egg-free filling. This wonderful no bake Italian dessert can be ready in minutes!

a mini tiramisu on a tray with cocoa powder in a sieve | one dish kitchen

This “tiramisu for one” is my version of the classic Italian dessert. It’s not only scaled down in size but this eggless version is made with very few ingredients and is so easy to make.

A good single serving tiramisu recipe has been on my “must make” list for quite some time. Tiramisu is heavenly – but it takes time to make and quite a few steps are involved. With this simple 10-minute tiramisu recipe, you can enjoy a delicious dessert anytime you have a sweet craving.

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What Is Tiramisu?

Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made with ladyfingers dipped in strong coffee or espresso, layered with a creamy whipped filling made traditionally with eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese.

What Are Ladyfingers?

Ladyfingers are sweet, dry biscuits that are shaped like a long finger. They are called savoiardi in Italian and are often used in trifles and tiramisu.

They can be purchased in most grocery stores and can also be made easily at home (see recipe below).

Savoiardi in a package on a tray | one dish kitchen

Tiramisu Ingredients

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • heavy cream
  • sugar
  • vanilla extract
  • mascarpone cheese
  • ladyfingers
  • coffee
  • rum or brandy (optional)

Typically, tiramisu is made with espresso and if you have espresso, great! If not, use strong coffee instead. With this single serving version, you won’t need much – just about 6 tablespoons. I use leftover coffee from my morning pot.

You’ll use about 4-5 ladyfingers in this easy tiramisu recipe depending on the size of the dish you use. Store-bought ladyfingers may be frozen and will last for 2 months.

You could also use shortbread cookies instead of ladyfingers. The cookies used in our Coconut Cream Pie For One are perfect!

How To Make Homemade Ladyfingers

If you decide to make your own, follow this easy recipe.

a jar filled with homemade ladyfingers | one dish kitchen

Ingredients In Ladyfingers

  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder

Instructions

  1. Separate the eggs, placing the yolk in one bowl and the white in another.
  2. Using a hand mixer or large whisk, whip the egg white until foamy. Add 1/2 tablespoon sugar and beat until glossy.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the egg yolk and 2 tablespoons sugar.
  4. Fold in 1/2 of the egg whites; then, fold in the flour and baking soda.
  5. Fold in the rest of the egg whites.
  6. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip or use a medium-sized plastic bag with the tip cut off and pipe the batter in 3-inch long lines about 1-inch apart on a small baking sheet.
  7. Bake in a 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) preheated oven for 7-8 minutes.

Makes 5-8 cookies

How To Make Tiramisu

Tiramisu is traditionally made by layering ladyfingers that have been soaked in espresso and a touch of alcohol with a sweet cream filling and finished with a dusting of cocoa powder.

For a single serving tiramisu, we assemble it the same way.

  1. Whip together cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form. Add mascarpone cheese and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
  2. Dip ladyfingers in room temperature espresso or strong coffee (and rum or brandy, if using). You may have to break the ladyfingers in half in order to fit them in the dessert dish.
  3. Place in a 8-ounce ramekin to make the first layer.
  4. Spread half of the whipped cream mixture on top of the layer of ladyfingers.
  5. Repeat process with the second layer of ladyfingers.
  6. Add the remaining cream mixture and dust with cocoa powder.

Tiramisu Alcohol

I reach for brandy or rum most often when making a tiramisu but I’ve also made it with Kahlua and Marsala wine. All are fabulous!

If you don’t want to use alcohol, just leave it out.

Can I Use Decaf Coffee?

Absolutely!

How To Top A Tiramisu

I like to add a cocoa powder to the top of my mini tiramisu as well as chocolate curls or shaved chocolate.

To create chocolate curls, use a vegetable peeler and make curls by drawing the peeler along the thinner side of the chocolate. To make shavings, either use the vegetable peeler and make short strokes or use a microplane grater or the smallest holes on a box grater.

a mini tiramisu with chocolate shavings | one dish kitchen

Tips For Making Tiramisu

  • Soak the ladyfingers in the coffee briefly. Just a few seconds is all it takes, otherwise they will turn soggy.
  • Use crunchy savoiardi (ladyfingers), if using store-bought. The cake style ladyfingers will get too soft.
  • You can use sponge cake, angel food cake, or pound cake if you can’t find ladyfingers or don’t want to make them.

Can I Make Tiramisu Ahead?

Yes. Tiramisu is best when refrigerated for several hours before eating. It will keep well in the refrigerator when covered for up to 3 days.

a mini tiramisu in a small ramekin next to a flowered napkin on a tray | one dish kitchen

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

If you have any ingredients left over from this tiramisu recipe, you might like to consider using them in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

Click on the recipe title to go straight to the recipe.

Cream: Vanilla Ice Cream, Tres Leches Cake, Mashed Potatoes

Mascarpone cheese: Grilled Pound Cake

Use as a whipped cream substitute: Mix a dollop of mascarpone with some honey for a quick and easy topping.

Spoon into tomato sauce to make a creamy version to toss with pasta.

Add a spoonful to Carrot Soup.

Ladyfingers: Use instead of graham crackers in an Icebox Cake, Cheesecake, or Lemon Meringue Pie

Coffee: Mocha Oatmeal Bowl

Rum: Bananas Foster

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Chocolate Mousse For One

For this easy tiramisu recipe, I use an 8-ounce ramekin which measures 4-inches by 2.5-inches. For best results, use a dish of similar size.

Tiramisu Recipe

tiramisu for one | one dish kitchen

Tiramisu For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: tiramisu
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 757kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone cheese , room temperature
  • 6 tablespoons strong coffee or espresso
  • 1/2 teaspoon Brandy (optional) , or use rum, Amaretto, Marsala wine, or Kahlua or leave out altogether.
  • 5 ladyfingers/Savoiardi (look for eggless if needed)
  • cocoa powder , for dusting

Instructions

  • Beat heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla in a medium-sized bowl until soft peaks form.
  • Add in mascarpone cheese and continue to whip until stiff peaks form.
  • Pour coffee and brandy, if using into a separate bowl. Break ladyfingers in half if necessary to fit into dessert ramekin and briefly dip the ladyfingers in coffee. Place in the ramekin.
  • Spread half of the whipped cream mixture on top of the first layer of ladyfingers.
  • Repeat process with the second layer of ladyfingers and cream mixture.
  • Dust the top of the tiramisu with cocoa powder using a sieve. Refrigerate for 2 or more hours.

Notes

How To Make Homemade Ladyfingers
Makes 5-8
Ingredients In Ladyfingers
  • 1 egg
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
Instructions
  1. Separate the eggs, placing the yolk in one bowl and the white in another.
  2. Using a hand mixer or large whisk, whip the egg white until foamy. Add 1/2 tablespoon sugar and beat until glossy.
  3. In a separate bowl, whip the egg yolk and 2 tablespoons sugar.
  4. Fold in 1/2 of the egg whites; then, fold in the flour and baking soda.
  5. Fold in the rest of the egg whites.
  6. Fill a piping bag fitted with a large round tip or use a medium-sized plastic bag with the tip cut off and pipe the batter in 3-inch long lines about 1-inch apart on a small baking sheet.
  7. Bake in a 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) preheated oven for 7-8 minutes.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 757kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 52g | Saturated Fat: 31g | Cholesterol: 259mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 1968IU | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg
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