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Lovely Italian Ladyfingers from “Ciao Italia”


This year my daughter requested tiramisu for her birthday instead of a traditional birthday cake. It would fit in beautifully with her Italian-themed birthday party, and the entire family was all for it! I had never prepared tiramisu; however, if there’s one thing I continue to learn from cooking it is to embrace new recipes and enjoy the learning process!

I have had many wonderful tiramisus — one in particular comes from my favorite Italian restaurant in the big city. So how incredibly wonderful would it be to learn how to prepare this dessert when we don’t have dinner reservations or the time to drive such a distance?

My first step was learning to make one of the most important ingredients — ladyfingers or savoiardi as they are called in Italy. When searching for a recipe for Italian ladyfingers, I immediately thought of one of my favorite Italian chefs, Mary Ann Esposito from the PBS series, “Ciao Italia.” Not only does she have a fabulous website with a recipe for ladyfingers, I also found her on You Tube with this video tutorial! I was elated, and the lady fingers turned out wonderfully! (the only thing I noted was that I needed to bake my ladyfingers approximately 5-7 minutes longer, and I used organic ingredients)

Italian Ladyfingers

Lovely Ladyfingers
                      Lovely Ladyfingers

from the recipe at with Mary Ann Esposito

Perfect for Tiramisu!
                    Perfect for Tiramisu!

These ladyfingers worked wonderfully in the tiramisu — I couldn’t be more pleased!

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Stay tuned for a wonderful Tiramisu Recipe and an Italian-themed birthday!


  1. Looking forward to seeing your tiramisu!

    1. Thank you, Jasmine!

  2. I am impressed!! I’m sure you know you can buy packaged or bakery ladyfingers. But homemade are so much better, and yours are beautiful.

    1. Thank you so much for your kind words, Darryl! I’ve always heard that homemade were much better, and I really wanted it to be special for my daughter’s birthday. Now I love making them! 🙂

  3. Those look great! Nice job Anna! I wish I could have tasted the tiramisu… and I hope you post pictures from the party!

    1. Thanks so much, Sadie! I wish we could have the tiramisu together! 🙂 The recipe I found is great, and there was also a video tutorial! I’ll be sure to post party pictures! 😉

      1. Me too! Can’t wait to see the party!

  4. Yum they look so elegant and lovely! Can’t wait to see what is coming!

    1. Thank you so much, dear Lynn! 🙂

  5. Beautiful Anna! I really want to keep learning too. There is so much that I want to know but only so much time to do it all!

    1. Thank you, Julie! I know exactly what you mean! So many wonderful recipes to try out — which do we make first?! 😉

  6. Love so much this recipe Anna. Your Ladyfingers look nice and fluffy, I will definitely try this! 🙂

    1. Thank you, dear Linda! 🙂

  7. I LOVE tiramisu, but I usually cheat when I make it at home and use pound cake, making it into a tiramisu trifle. These ladyfingers are beautiful! Maybe I should make my own at home. 🙂

    1. This is such a great recipe from Ciao Italia! I love watching her prepare them on the video as well! Ohh, tiramisu trifle sounds very yummy! 😀

  8. Hi Anna, your lady fingers look gorgeous ! I must try them someday, and hopefully they look as good as yours…Homemade is always best . :-). I adore Tiramisu, so can’t wait for your recipe. Look forward to the party pics 🙂

    1. Thank you so very much, Lynne! I hope you’ll get to try the recipe! I adore tiramisu as well — such a delicious combination of flavors! 🙂

  9. Very impressive! lovely recipe, Anna 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, dear Freda! 🙂

  10. These do look lovely, Anna. I’ve made tiramisu many times, but I’ve always used ready-made fatless sponge fingers. I have often made fatless sponges, though, for making swiss rolls and light sponge sandwhich cakes. Oddly enough, with what we call ‘rifle sponges’ being readily available, I’ve never made them for my tirimasu. I’ll try it – homemade ones may well work better. Thank you for the idea, and the recipe, of course. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Millie! 🙂

  11. I’ve been searching for a recipe for these for years, but all I ever find is ones similar to the store bought packaged savoiardi cookies. I want the ones that look like the bakery shop ones and these are just the ones. Glad to have found it here!

    1. Delighted you were able to find the savoiardi recipe you were looking for! 🙂 I enjoy this recipe so much from “Ciao Italia” 🙂 Thank you so much for visiting Life Bellissima! I hope you’ll visit often!

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