This egg-free Strawberry Tiramisu is perfect for summer! It features layers of creamy whipped mascarpone and strawberry-soaked ladyfingers, topped with homemade strawberry jam and fresh strawberries. It’s decadent and easy to make. Despite being a dessert made with just 7 simple ingredients, it still looks elegant and makes for a delightful summer treat!

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Why Strawberry Tiramisu is a Must-Try Dessert!

  • Only 7 simple ingredients – The idea behind this no-bake dessert is quick and simple. You just need fresh strawberries to make strawberry syrup and jam, mascarpone cheese, heavy cream, sugar, vanilla, and ladyfingers!
  • Perfect summer dessert – Serve this as a fun and show-stopping dessert at cookouts and parties, or enjoy it as something special for just a few. Either way, when strawberries are in season, it’s time to make all the recipes you can to get the most out of the season!
  • It’s just really good – Seriously, the combination of soaked sweet strawberry biscuits, jam, and fresh strawberries with creamy mascarpone cream is absolutely delicious.

Ingredients to Make Strawberry Tiramisu

  • Strawberries – I prefer making my own strawberry syrup and jam and then using extra fresh strawberries to pile on top before serving. It gives it a beautiful, fresh presentation!
  • Ladyfinger cookies – Also known as sponge fingers and the classic Savoiardi cookies. I use storebought to keep this tiramisu recipe super easy. You could always make your own ladyfinger recipe as well!
  • Mascarpone cheese -This is very similar to cream cheese. You want to make sure you don’t over-whip it to prevent the mascarpone from becoming grainy.
  • Heavy Cream – Keep it as cold as possible! It will whip up much better and keep the mixture thicker while spreading your layers.
  • Sugar – I use granulated sugar for both the strawberries and the creamy layer.
  • Vanilla
  • Lemon juice

How to Make Strawberry Tiramisu

Here’s a quick overview on making strawberry tiramisu, but check the recipe card below for the full recipe and steps.

Step 1: Start by combining strawberries and water in a saucepan. Crush the berries and let them simmer for 5 minutes. Strain the mixture and discard the solids.

Step 2: Add the juice back to the pot, add sugar and lemon juice, and simmer until it thickens slightly into a syrup. Remember to refrigerate a portion of the syrup.

Step 3: For the Mascarpone Filling, whip heavy cream and combine it with mascarpone cheese, sugar, chilled strawberry syrup, and vanilla.

Step 4: Dip the ladyfingers in the strawberry syrup and arrange them in a springform pan. Spread half of the mascarpone filling, add another layer of soaked ladyfingers, and spread the remaining filling. Then, refrigerate for at least 6 hours.

Step 5: Finally, if you like, simmer the remaining strawberry syrup until it thickens more, cool it, and spread it over the tiramisu before serving. Don’t forget to top it with extra strawberries. Enjoy!

Recipe Tips and Substitutions

  • Use a springform pan: I love this option for tiramisu because you can have a more freeform dessert where the ladyfingers poke out of the side to reveal its layers.
  • Mascarpone cheese substitution: you can swap out the mascarpone for equal amounts of either ricotta or cream cheese. You should get similar results with a slightly different flavor.
  • Add an alcohol component: While I don’t use it in this recipe, you can absolutely add a wine or liqueur to the strawberry sauce for dunking your sponge fingers or into the cheese mixture. Get creative and pair it with flavors you enjoy with strawberries, such as marsala wine or rum.
  • Soaking the ladyfingers: Aim for about 10 seconds in the strawberry syrup, ensuring they are soaked but not soggy. Some ladyfingers may absorb more syrup, so find the right balance for each one.
  • Dividing the strawberry sauce and jam: So, when making the strawberry sauce, we follow a few steps. First, we mash the berries and heat them up to get all the yummy juice out. After straining, we’ll add the juice back to the pot with sugar and lemon juice and simmer until it thickens a bit. Set aside 3/4 cup and chill for the mascarpone layer and let the rest cool for dipping the ladyfingers. If you want, you can simmer the remaining sauce to make a thicker syrup or jam for topping the tiramisu. It’s a nice way to add a pretty strawberry jam layer on top!
  • Let the tiramisu chill: You want to make sure this strawberry dessert sets up completely, especially since we are removing the sides by using a springform pan. I’d suggest at least 6-8 hours, but overnight would be best.

Frequently Asked Questions

Strawberries are in season and that means it’s time to use up all those recipes you’ve been saving, and why not start with this strawberry tiramisu recipe? It’s so easy to make and you only need a few simple ingredients and about 30 minutes to throw it all together!

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Strawberry Tiramisu

Recipe by DiannaCourse: All Recipes
Servings

10

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

20

minutes

Strawberry Tiramisu is the perfect summer dessert, made with just 7 simple ingredients! It’s fun, surprisingly elegant, & absolutely crave-worthy.

Ingredients

  • Strawberry Syrup:
  • 1 pound strawberries

  • ½ cup water

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • Mascarpone Filling:
  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream

  • 16 ounces mascarpone cheese

  • ¾ cup granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup strawberry syrup, chilled (from recipe above)

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

  • For Assembly:
  • 1 (7 oz) package ladyfingers (about 24)

  • Fresh strawberries for serving

Directions

  • Make the Strawberry Syrup:
  • Combine strawberries and water in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Use a potato masher to crush the berries and bring to boil. Then simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Pour berries into a fine-mesh strainer set over a glass measuring cup. Press on the berry solids to extract the juice and then discard the solids.
  • Transfer the strawberry juice back to the pan, add sugar and lemon juice, and bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring with a rubber spatula occasionally to make sure the mixture doesn’t stick to the bottom.
  • Once slightly thickened, divide 3/4 cup of the syrup into the same measuring cup. Refrigerate until cooled to use in the mascarpone filling (below) while the remaining syrup stays at room temperature in the pot to soak the ladyfingers.
  • Prepare the Mascarpone Filling:
  • In a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, beat the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Transfer whipped cream to a separate bowl.
  • Switch to the paddle attachment and to the mixer bowl add the mascarpone cheese, sugar, chilled strawberry syrup, and vanilla, and blend on medium speed until combined. Add 1 cup of whipped cream and continue mixing on low speed until just incorporated. Gently fold in the remaining whipped cream.
  • Assemble Tiramisu:
  • Dip the ladyfingers in the strawberry syrup for about 5-10 seconds and arrange them in the pan. You may need to break some in half to fit the round springform pan.
  • Spread half of the mascarpone filling evenly, then add another layer of soaked ladyfingers. Spread the remaining filling on top, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 6 hours. 
  • Return the remaining strawberry syrup to a simmer over medium-high until it turns into a thick syrup, about 8 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Once cooled, spread evenly over your tiramisu and cover again to chill thoroughly. 
  • When ready to serve, top with extra strawberries!

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