You might think it’s impossible to love a Tiramisu recipe without alcohol, but I’m challenging that thought today.
I’ve been missing Ceci, and while I always had plans to share her Tiramisu recipe she gave to us while we were in Italy, the way I wanted to do it was going to be much different.
I was going to make it, and then photograph all its beauty for you to see and drool over.
But when I went to review the recipe and Ceci and I making it, I felt a sadness missing that girl.
So for the post, I’ll share images of she and I making it together.
The final product images were super scrappy and taken on my phone in Italy.
But does it even matter? Will it even matter if there are no beautiful images of the classic Italian dessert here?
Because this Tiramisu recipe without alcohol is so legit.
In fact, if you want the truth, it has become one of my favorite desserts.
Making a Non-Alcoholic Tiramisu
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Before Italy, I had never made a Tiramisu. Though it’s one of the most popular desserts in the Italian restaurant, each time I had one while at a restaurant in the United States I didn’t care much for it.
Don’t ask me why, but I sort of think the reason was that I never cared for the alcohol in it. And here’s the thing – I love to drink a great cocktail.
You might enjoy the brandy, dark rum, or cognac a traditional tiramisu recipe typically calls for, and if so, then add it to this (already) perfect dessert.
As for me, no thanks.
In Italy, Ceci is allowed to drink (even though she’s only 18), but still this tiramisu cake recipe is a non-alcoholic version which was lovely because I could make it immediately upon arriving home for the babes.
Tiramisu: Not Gluten Free
This easy Tiramisu recipe is not gluten free; it’s a classic Tiramisu recipe (just without the alcohol). And I repeat, so that no one comes back angry with me:
This is a traditional recipe and it is not gluten free tiramisu.
That said, I have some great news for Y’all. With just one simple (lady finger cookies) swap it can be gluten free.
Schar makes gluten-free ladyfinger biscuits, which you can get HERE.
All other ingredients in the Tiramisu are (naturally) gluten free.
Ready for the Tiramisu recipe Ceci gave to us? Of course you are.
I have stocked up on Ladyfingers because I’ll be making it for the holidays.
Easy Recipe, Simple Ingredients for this No-Bake Dessert
To make this delicious dessert you need just 6 ingredients. So let me tell you about them quickly.
Mascarpone Cream Cheese
I even used an Italian Mascarpone – BelGioioso Mascarpone Italian Sweet Cream Cheese.
Using this brand made for the best mascarpone mixture.
What is a great recipe without even all the sugar added? I’m not wrong. This one is no exception. I did, however, use granulated organic sugar, but then again, white sugar is white sugar is white sugar.
The white sugar gets blended with the egg yolk and mascarpone cream mixture even sweeter.
Tiramisu uses eggs, and this recipe contains 6 eggs. They should be separated; white from yolk. Yes, they are raw egg yolks and whites, but you’ll use both.
You’ll notice in the recipe instructions below that the egg white is the trickiest part of this recipe.
I will keep trying it, but since I could not get it right, I ended up skipping the egg whites altogether. And guess what? It still turned out just lovely. This also has me wondering if eggless Tiramisu might be an option for those with an egg allergy or who don’t want to consume raw eggs?
Honestly, I think it would work just fine.
Anyways, the thing about the egg whites is that they have to be perfectly whipped and added in just right (this also takes a long time, btw).
If not, they will form a runny substance, which will make the entire Tiramisu runny.
It will still taste good; the texture will just be super off which is not pretty nor desirable. But clearly, our girl Ceci has it down!
If you don’t like the taste of coffee, you likely won’t like the original recipe.
Coffee is my jam!
So when I make this brewed coffee to add, I make sure it’s strong coffee. Since there’s no alcohol in this recipe, you can allow the coffee flavor to shine!
If you don’t want to use coffee, I bet it would also work with watered-down hot chocolate. Without coffee and alcohol, this recipe would definitely be a kid-friendly Tiramisu recipe.
Something to think about!
Anyone else smile when they say lady fingers?!
These are the long, thin-shaped cookies used in an authentic Tiramisu recipe.
They look like long, pale yellow color fingers (gross, I know!), and are hard until submerged in liquid when they become like sponges (sponge fingers, if you will).
Almost all grocery stores carry them, but I feel like you’d never seek them out unless you are making Tiramisu.
The cocoa powder is used for dusting and for the final touches.
Tiramisu Recipe without Alcohol
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Tiramisu Recipe without Alcohol
- electric mixer hand-held
- 17 oz Mascarpone cream cheese
- 2/3 cup sugar white
- 6 eggs separated
- 1 – 2 cups coffee brewed
- 20 – 24 Ladyfinger biscuits
- cocoa for dusting
- Brew coffee and set aside.
- In one bowl place the egg white, and beat with an electric hand mixer until perfectly whipped solid. Set aside.
- In a separate bowl place the sugar and egg yolk. Beat together with a hand held mixer.
- Add the Mascarpone cheese to the egg yolk bowl, and beat together with a hand-held mixer.
- Then, add in the egg white bowl to the egg yolk mixture bowl. Mix it together by hand from the bottom of the bowl to the top, until it's fully combined.
- Build your tiramisu in a glass dish by spreading a thin layer of the Tiramisu cream on the bottom, then dunking the Ladyfingers in the coffee mixture that you previously set aside, fully cover the Ladyfingers with cream mixture, add a second layer of the Ladyfingers soaked in coffee, and add a final layer of cream.
- Once built, cover, and place in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
- When you're ready to serve sprinkle the top layer liberally with cocoa (or cacao powder), and serve.
This is the best Tiramisu recipe without alcohol, and includes very simple steps.
One of the best things about it is that you can choose or not choose the alcohol and because I’ve had both, can tell you that you’ll be happy with the results.
Alright, now do me a huge favor. Make this recipe, and then let me know how you like it!
p.s. Missssssssssssss you, Ceci. We are so excited for your visit here!
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