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The origins of tiramisu have become somewhat difficult to trace over the years—but there is absolutely no denying how quickly Americans embraced this Italian classic in the 1980s.

The dessert is surprisingly easy to make at home: Not only is tiramisu very forgiving, but it actually benefits from being made ahead of time.

For this classic version, I kept things straightforward: eggs, sugar, mascarpone, espresso, ladyfingers and a dusting of cocoa powder. It picks up right where the 1980s left off.

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