Tiramisu is Italian for 'pick me up'. This light, roll your eyes, taste bud tantalizer has become a traditional wedding anniversary dessert treat that I've been making for my husband and me for 17 years. You might call it a happy hubby dessert! This is my easy version of a classic with the elimination of raw eggs and a wonderful fresh strawberry layer and puree base. It's delicioso! It is made to accommodate two extra large portions.

LMSM

Recipe Summary

Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Cut off the tops of the strawberries and slice the berries. Reserve 2 large whole berries for garnish.

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  • In a blender, place 2 cups of strawberries and 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar; blend to puree and set aside.

  • In a medium bowl, combine mascarpone cheese, 1/4 cup cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and liqueur; beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until thickened.

  • Place 6 ladyfingers on a serving plate and brush each with approximately 1 teaspoon cold espresso coffee. Spread or pipe out 1/2 of the cheese mixture over the ladyfingers, and layer with half of the sliced strawberries.

  • Repeat with the next 6 ladyfingers, espresso, remaining cheese mixture, and sliced strawberries; top with remaining 6 ladyfingers.

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup heavy cream with 2 tablespoons sugar; beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until just whipped, approximately 1 minute. Spread cream evenly over top layer of ladyfingers.

  • Dust cocoa over whipped cream, and garnish with 2 reserved strawberries. Pour strawberry puree onto two serving plates. Cut tiramisu in half, and place onto puree.

Nutrition Facts

638 calories; protein 10.5g 21% DV; carbohydrates 55.6g 18% DV; fat 41.9g 64% DV; cholesterol 220.2mg 73% DV; sodium 118.4mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2005
The result is very good but only if you make an adjustment. The recipe calls for one pint of strawberries then has you puree 2 cups (the whole pint)and still have strawberries left over to put between layers. Instead puree one cup of strawberries and use the remaining cup to put between layers. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/14/2005
Thought this was so so. I couldn't get my husband or his brother to eat it. I had worked so hard making it that I ate it by myself. (well... not the whole thing!) I like the classic tiramisu much better. Read More
(13)
69 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 41
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
06/18/2005
The result is very good but only if you make an adjustment. The recipe calls for one pint of strawberries then has you puree 2 cups (the whole pint)and still have strawberries left over to put between layers. Instead puree one cup of strawberries and use the remaining cup to put between layers. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/16/2011
Delicious and genuine taste. A little too much of the marscapone mixture for me- I would have cut amount by 1/2 to 2/3 and only layered it with two layers of the lady fingers. Also like everyone else pointed out you need about 3/2 as much strawberries for the slice layer and top. The larger pieces make for nice texture- glad I read reviews. The espresso added a lovely flavor to the fingers. Only thing I would now have added would be to put some nice large shavings of dark chocolate on top in addition to cocoa powder. For added wow- a few twirls of edible gold. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2006
I made this for Valentine's Day dinner as suggested by the Allrecipes Newsletter. Even though the recipe can be hard to follow I enjoyed it very much. The flavor was amazing and the presentation alone looks beautiful. There may be a problem with the number of strawberries called for in the puree but still having enough remaining for the layering / garnish. I recommend setting aside 5 or 6 strawberries to use in the layering / garnish and using the rest for the puree. I highly recommend this recipe and look forward to making it for guests in the future. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2007
Well this is the most amazing tiramisu recipe ever. I cannot BELIEVE not that many people have tried it. This will now be the dessert for every birthday/special occasion. It is not too sweet and the whole recipe just tastes fantastic - the strawberries really lighten up the dish. FYI 1/3 cup espresso is a little less than 2 shots at Starbucks - I like to apply it with a brush to the lady fingers. My brother is impatiently awaiting HIS birthday now.... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2005
I made this for a dinner guest and everyone was basically licking their plates. I did double the recipe and it was enough for 4 people with leftovers. Not to sweet and very light and refreshing nice change....even my kids liked it a couple days later as leftover dessert. Definately a keeper. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/18/2008
The only reason I didn't give this recipe 5 stars is because I deviated slightly from the original recipe. I used an entire quart of strawberries instead of a pint. Also after each layer of mascarpone mixture I put a layer of the strawberry puree and then a layer of sliced strawberries. I finished it off as stated in the recipe with the whipped cream and sliced strawberries. For a finishing touch I melted some semi-sweet chocolate added a little bit if almond extract and drizzled the warm chocolate over the tops of the dessert. Delish recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/22/2003
I was not sure how this would turn out with strawberries. I was stuck on the more classic variation of this dessert. I am sure glad I made this and my hubby loved it as well. He ate the whole piece without even a word. In my house that means it is fantastic. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/14/2005
I don't know if it's just me but I found the directions hard to follow. I ended up using all the sliced strawberries in the puree instead of saving 1/2 of them for the layers because '2 cups' for me meant all the sliced strawberries. So I layered puree in the middle and it still tasted good that way. Overall a good recipe and I'll probably use it again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2005
This is a quick and easy recipe that was very well received... I used Chouffe liquer (Distilled Belgian Beer and coffee liquer)which worked well as it is not as sweet as other brands. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/14/2005
Thought this was so so. I couldn't get my husband or his brother to eat it. I had worked so hard making it that I ate it by myself. (well... not the whole thing!) I like the classic tiramisu much better. Read More
(13)
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