Delicious and summery strawberry tiramisu. It’s the perfect way to make a summer version of your favorite dessert.
While I absolute love a good tiramisu, it is not a very light dessert. You do need to leave some space in your stomach after a meal. I will not tell you that this strawberry tiramisu is super light. It isn’t really. But it does feel a lot lighter than the traditional tiramisu will do. Partly due to the use of the strawberries, which give it that extra summer and fruity twist.
Fresh and summery
You will want to make this strawberry tiramisu at the time of year when strawberries are most delicious. When it is strawberry season probably varies per country. Here in the Netherlands the strawberries are best in summer, when they have grown outside in the sun. There is nothing that beats the flavor or those delicious fragrant juicy strawberries. Have you ever noticed that you can tell if a strawberry is good by just smelling them?
Growing up I spend many summers picking strawberries to earn a bit of extra income. It wasn’t easy, sitting on your knees all day long in the burning sunshine, but as a reward I got to eat strawberries. Not that my boss knew we did that though. Pretty sure he wouldn’t be happy with us eating more than our fair share of the goods. Having said that; we didn’t earn a lot of money so those extra strawberries were some additional pay.
Making the tiramisu
Making this strawberry tiramisu is easy. It literally takes you only about 15 minutes to put it together. After that you will need some time in the fridge to set. But if you’re entertaining you can prepare the strawberry tiramisu up front and just finish it close to serving. It’s also ok to already place the top slices on but there could be some staining of strawberry juice on top of the cream. It doesn’t make any difference for the flavor but if you want it to looks spotless, it’s best to keep those final strawberries for the last minute.
What you need to make the strawberry tiramisu
In order to make the tiramisu you need a large bowl, plastic wrap and a square baking dish or other item to place the end result in. It’s a no bake dessert so no need to turn up the heat. You will need the following ingredients
- Mascarpone or cream cheese
- double cream, heavy cream or whipped cream
- cocoa powder
- fresh strawberries
- strawberry jam
- orange juice
- vanilla extract
- lady fingers or savoiardi biscuits
Making the mascarpone mixture is best with either an electric mixer or with a food processor if you have one. It is really a very easy dessert and getting it right is not difficult.
First you start by mixing the orange juice with the strawberry sauce or jam. I like to sometimes add a little bit of limoncello, grand marnier or orange liqueur into it. But if you’re serving this to kids as well, you will want to leave out the alcohol.
I mix the orange juice and jam and then dip the lady fingers in the mix before placing them at the bottom of the oven dish which I will also be using to serve the perfect dessert once it is done.
Once you have a single layer of lady fingers it is time for the mascarpone cream. You first start by placing the heavy whipping cream with some sugar in a bowl and whip until it had soft peaks. Then you add the mascarpone and mix until it is well combined but don’t over mix. If it is smooth you’re done.
While a classic tiramisu usually has raw eggs in it, this one does not. Which makes it also suitable for pregnant women, elderly people or kids.
At this point you can also taste if it needs more sugar or not. I like to keep the amount of sugar low as the sweetness of the fruit will make it sweet enough for most people. But test it just to make sure.
Now on top of the first layer of lady fingers you place a layer of the creamy mascarpone cheese and that is topped with sliced fresh strawberry. You repeat this process until all supplies are finished or until you’ve reached the edge of the bowl. Whichever comes first.
I wrap the dish with cling film and place it in the fridge to stand for a few hours. That way the flavors have the time to soak in a bit and the end result will be firmer. You can serve it after a few hours or you can keep it until the next day.
I often find that the flavors get even better the next day
When you’re ready to serve the delicious strawberry tiramisu you can add a bit of white chocolate or dark chocolate over the top of the strawberries. You can also add a bit of strawberry puree if you think you need more strawberries. In the recipe card below you can find the full details of how to make this not so classic Italian dessert.
For it to be even more decadent you can serve it with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of powdered sugar over the top.
More recipes with strawberries
- serving dish approximately 25 cm square
- 250 ml whipping cream
- 40 gr sugar
- 250 gr mascarpone
- 1-2 packages lady fingers depending on the size of your bowl
- 200 ml Orange juice freshly squeezed
- 1 bottle strawberry sauce or make your own
- 500 gr fresh strawberries in slices
- 1 tbsp cacaopowder optional, for decorating
- Whip the cream together with the sugar till you have soft peaks. Mix the cream together with the mascarpone until you have a smooth mixture. Mix a little of the orange juice with the strawberry sauce (you can always make more if you want) and dip the ladyfingers in the mixture. Don’t leave them in too long or they will get soggy but also don’t leave them in too short or the ladyfingers will not be moist enough.
- Make a layer of the ladyfingers on the bottom of a pretty bowl and add a layer of the mascarpone/cream mixture, put a layer of fresh strawberry slices on top. Repeat until you are out of supplies or until you have reached the edge of the bowl. Make sure you leave enough strawberries for one final layer on top later!
- Leave to stand in the fridge for at least 2-4 hours before putting on the last layer of strawberries and serve immediately. If you like you can sprinkle some cacaopowder on top too.
The nutritional values above are calculated per portion. The details are based on standard nutritional tables and do not constitute a professional nutritional advice.
Also make this eggnog tiramisu