Nigella’s Tiramisini Coffee Recipe

Author: Rob   Date Posted:15 April 2013 

If you’re a gourmet food lover, you’ve no doubt heard of Nigella Lawson.

She was last spotted in Australia at Bondi Beach and her latest cookbook, Nigellissima, a collection of Italian recipes, has been another smash bestseller. Thanks to the BBC’s Food Recipes website, we can share one of Nigella’s recipes with you. It’s called Tiramisini (roughly translated, Tiramisini means “mini-Tiramisu”) and it will be as much of a hit in your house as Nigella is in the U.K. and Australia.

  • 100ml espresso (we recommend your favourite Lavazza Blue coffee pod)


  • 2 tbsp coffee liqueur


  • 4 sponge ladyfinger biscuits
  • 2 egg whites (Nigella recommends free range)


  • 250g mascarpone


  • 2 tbsp honey


  • 2 tbsp Marsala


  • 1 tsp cocoa powder

Start by making your favourite espresso blend in your Lavazza espresso machine. Measure and pour into a heatproof jug along with the coffee liqueur. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
While your espresso/liqueur mixture cools, break up the sponge finger biscuits into about 4 small pieces and place equal portions into 4 martini glasses.
After the espresso has cooled, pour it over the finger biscuits. Gently press down and make sure the biscuits are thoroughly soaked in the espresso mixture. 
Beat the egg whites in a bowl until they form soft peaks. Nigella recommends using an electric hand-held whisk to do this. Set aside.
Scrape the mascarpone into another bowl and add the honey. Beat this mixture with your whisk. When it is smooth, slowly beat in the Marsala.
Now fold in the egg whites. Nigella recommends adding them one third at a time. Add equal dollops of this over the biscuit/espresso mixture in your martini glasses.
Let stand in the fridge for no less than 20 minutes and no more than 24 hours. When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle cocoa over the top, straining it through a fine-meshed strainer.
That’s all there is to it, but nobody needs to know how easy it was. The secret to Tiramisini’s wonderful taste is in the quality of the ingredients and the way they all complement each other, so don’t skimp on quality. Of course, if you have a free Lavazza coffee machine from the Bluepod Coffee Company, you won’t be tempted to cheat with instant coffee, so you’ve got that essential ingredient covered!
This recipe originally appeared on Nigella’s BBC programme on 22nd October 2012. You can catch up with all of Nigella’s programmes on the BBC’s Nigellissima Recipes site.

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