Thursday, April 22, 2010

Strawberry Tiramisu

What better way to enjoy strawberry season then with copious amounts of great berry recipes. I'm always on the lookout for new and innovative dishes, so when I found this one for Strawberry Tiramisu I was hooked from the get go.  I mean, what is not to love? Tiramisu is one of my all time favorite desserts, and remaking this classic with the addition of beautiful juicy strawberries was all I needed to keep myself from drooling.

This recipe has a few layers, but comes together quickly once all the different components are good to go. Ladyfingers and strawberries are the main players in this dish but they are greatly enhanced by the filling of mascarpone and cream. This recipe calls for Grand Marnier in almost every layer which absolutely makes the dish extraordinary. The liqueur definitely turns this into an adult only dessert so if you don't mind the alcohol, don't skip it. However, if you wanted to serve this to children and adults alike you could certainly replace the alcohol with additional orange juice.
This is an amazing flavor experience that was greatly enjoyed by everyone that tried this dish. I hope you'll give this a try at your home as well.

Strawberry Tiramisu

1 1/4 cups strawberry preserves
2 tablespoons plus an additional 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, divided
1/3 cup orange juice
8 ounces mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
1 1/3 cups chilled whipping cream
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - 1 1/2 pounds fresh strawberries, divided and washed
1 package (about 24) crisp ladyfingers

Whisk preserves, 2 tablespoons Grand Marnier, and orange juice in 2 cup measuring cup. 

Place mascarpone cheese and 1 tablespoon Grand Marnier in large bowl; fold just to blend. 

Using electric mixer, beat cream, sugar, vanilla, and remaining 1 tablespoon of Grand Marnier in another large bowl to soft peaks.

Stir 1/4 of whipped cream mixture into mascarpone mixture to lighten. Fold in remaining whipped cream.

Hull and slice half of the strawberries. Spread 1/2 cup preserve mixture over bottom of 9-inch square serving dish. Arrange enough lady fingers over preserve mixture to cover bottom of dish.  Spoon 3/4 cup preserve mixture over ladyfingers, then spread half of the mascarpone mixture over. Arrange sliced strawberries over mascarpone mixture. Repeat layering with remaining ladyfingers, preserve mixture, and mascarpone mixture. 

Cover with plastic and chill at least 8 hours or overnight. Slice remaining strawberries. Arrange over tiramisu and serve.

Adapted from: Bon Appetit


  1. Yum! This sounds so good. Thanks for the recipe. I'm glad I found you through the Tastespotting site. Becca :)

  2. Hmmm, looks like a great alternative to regular tiramisu (not for me since I don't like coffee). I'll bet it was delicious!


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