Creamy Tiramisu, using your own Italian Cheese Making Kit!

August 02, 2014


Make your own delicious, classic Italian dessert, Tiramisu, using either store bought, or even better, home made mascarpone. A great gift idea for men and women, The Gift Loft is selling The Mad Millie Italian Cheese Making Kit - easy to use, you can be making your own ricotta, mascarpone, mozzarella and more in no time.



We tested the Italian Cheese Making Kit and made deliciously creamy mascarpone, We then made a scrumptious Tiramisu.  See our recipe below - we made a trifle sponge to replace the packet of Lady's Fingers in the recipe. Note that the kit supplies you with a recipe booklet that includes their own Tiramisu Recipe. (See our news blog for more information about the Italian Cheese Making Kit, our own testing of the kit & more recipes using homemade cheese).




Mascarpone (preferably your own Mad Millie homemade mascarpone). Use on its own, or, if too rich, then mix 2 parts mascarpone with 1 part natural yoghurt. We also added lemon zest from 1 lemon & a teaspoon of honey;

Sponge Fingers - sold in supermarkets and specialty stores. We could not find any so we made our own trifle sponge and cut it into finger shaped slices. See trifle sponge recipe, below.

1/4 cup castor sugar

1/4 cup coffee liquor (optional)

1/4 cup espresso coffee (optional, use decaf coffee)

cocoa to sprinkle


  1. Mix the hot coffee and sugar together.  Set aside to cool.
  2. Once cool, add the coffee liquor to the coffee mixture.
  3. Dip the sponge fingers into the coffee mixture and place in a bowl or individual ramekins - we used old fashioned tea cups;
  4. Spoon over the mascarpone mixture.
  5. Repeat with more sponge fingers (dipped in the coffee mixture). Continue with this process until you reach the top of the bowl or ramekin.
  6. Sprinkle with cocoa and place in the fridge to set, or until ready to serve. We also drizzled raspberry dessert glace (sold in our "What's for Dessert?" Gift Hamper range) on top of half the tiramisu servings for a delicious, more tangy taste with vibrant colour.

Trifle Sponge from "Ladies, A Plate", by Alexa Jonston


6 egg yolks

1/2 cup hot water

3/4 cup castor sugar

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

2 Tbsp melted butter

  1. Preheat oven to 190 deg celcius. Grease a shallow cake tin.
  2. Beat the egg yolks with a whisk until combined, then pour in the hot water (not boiling) and keep beating until pale and fluffy.
  3. Gradually beat in the sugar, a spoonful at a time, until all is incorporated.
  4. Sift the flour and baking powder over the eggs and fold it in with a metal spoon.
  5. Add the melted butter and fold in gently (make sure you do over mix and lose the light airiness that you have created).
  6. Pour the  mixture into the prepared cake tin. Bake for 15 minutes until it has risen and is golden brown.
  7. Remove fro the oven and cool.