Just in case you missed it on a previous post; I worked at Olive Garden for nearly 20 years, 17 and a half of which were when I worked there as a manager, so I have had plenty of Tiramisu “back in the day”!

When I moved to Romania nearly one year ago, I decided to make this fabulous dessert at home. After quite a few attempts, the following recipe has proven to be the tastiest and closest to the one at Olive Garden.


  •  4  egg yolks
  •  2  tablespoons of milk
  •  2⁄3 cups of sugar
  •  2  cups = 450 grams… but I use all 500 grams of the mascarpone cheese
  •  1⁄4 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  •  24 ladyfinger (cookies)
  •  2 cups of Sweet Coffee/Espresso


1. Fill a saute pan halfway with water and bring it to a boil over a medium heat, then reduce the heat so that the water is simmering.

2. Whisk the egg yolks, milk, and sugar together in a medium metal saucepan, then place the saucepan into the saute pan with the simmering water.

3. Stir the mixture often for 8 to 10 minutes or until the mixture thickens.

4. Remove the saucepan from the heat, and add the 2 cups of mascarpone cheese and the vanilla. Whisk the cheese until it smooths out. Let this mixture sit till the rest is ready.

5. Mix 2 cups of espresso (or really strong coffee) with either 2 tablespoons of sugar or 2 tablespoons of honey (I use honey). Then place this in a large, shallow baking pan.

6. Put the ladyfingers into the sweet espresso and let them soak up the juices. Then, carefully position them the way that you want them. They will be very soft and they might break… but who cares… You don’t see them and you are going to eat them anyway!

7. You have two choices; Either arrange 1 layer flat and put the entire cheese mixture on top OR you can double it up by layering it with 12 soaked fingers, half of the cheese mixture, the next 12 ladyfingers, followed by the other half of the cheese mixture. I have tried it both ways and guess what… it tastes the same way! However, the appearance is slightly different; one is flat and the other is slightly flatter when you plate it One is flat and the other stands up beautifully like the one at Olive Garden.  😉

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This picture is from Olive Garden and Google

8. However you choose, the topping should still be the same; sprinkle cocoa powder and cinnamon over the top of the dessert prior to placing it in the refrigerator. Then, cover and chill for several hours… 20 hours will make it taste EXCELLENT. Less time cooling will still make it a great cake BUT if you want my advice… let it sit to get the best possible flavor.


I hope that you enjoy this recipe! If you have any questions please let me know so that I can help. I also will enjoy hearing from you so please leave a comment below.

Christy 🙂


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