The strawberry tiramisu is a big glass of love, more or less. Definitely more for someone like me who is irrevocably fond of strawberries. The dessert is balanced to perfection, with notes of vanilla melding with the delicate, velvety mascarpone and the tartness of strawberries falling in rhythm.

It’s not cloyingly sweet or too rich. I know classic tiramisu calls for coffee, but with this recipe, I stay true to the Italian expression tirami sù, or as we’d say it in English, “pick me up.”

It’s reminiscent of the blooming spring. And with the cold still clinging to us, it’s lovely to have something so light, bright, and upbeat. The feel-good factor is off the charts.

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How to make strawberry tiramisu?

For me, tiramisu has a lot of latitude for interpretation. That’s why I gave the rich dessert a fresher spin. Think of it as a light pudding with all the tiramisu feels. 

Now, typically, tiramisu is made with raw eggs. I prefer to make them without. So, this strawberry version skips them. And, yes, before you say it, the recipe for a traditional tiramisu without eggs is in the offing. Till then, enjoy this one.

Ingredients for making Strawberry Tiramisu | Eggless Alcohol-free Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe
  • We’re starting with the strawberry purée. Blend the fruit with sugar and water. The amount of sugar you use is between you and your strawberries. If they’re tart, add more. If they’re sweet, use less. We’re not looking for a thick purée here. That’s why we’re adding water to thin it down. 
  • Next, beat the mascarpone cheese with cream and icing sugar, along with vanilla bean paste. Whip till you have a thick cream with barely-there soft peaks. You don’t want hard-set cream. Floppy peaks will do.

Putting together strawberry tiramisu in a glass

  • The final step is the fun part – assembling the delicious components.
  • Start by dunking the ladyfingers into the purée. Then arrange it on the bottom of the glass.
  • Because I made individual portions of the tiramisu in wine glasses, I had to break my ladyfingers into pieces. If you’re using glasses too, divide each into 2 to 3 parts so they fit easily. 
  • Plop a spoonful of purée on top of the ladyfinger base and follow it with a dollop of the mascarpone mixture. 
  • Repeat the layers one more time, cover, and then refrigerate overnight. Good tiramisu needs to be chilled to give the flavors time to meld and develop.
  • Right before you serve, feel free to add fresh strawberries and chocolate shavings.

Assembling Strawberry Tiramisu | Eggless Alcohol-free Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe
Assembling Strawberry Tiramisu | Eggless Alcohol-free Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

My tips for a flawless strawberry tiramisu dessert

  • The best ladyfingers for tiramisu are Savoiardi. These Italian cookies take their name from the 17th century Savoy Dynasty. They are harder, and crumblier compared to homemade ones. 

With tiramisu, we want that harder texture because the dessert needs to sit to marry all the flavors. A soft cookie gets mushy, while Savoiardi soaks up all the juices and keeps its backbone beautifully. 

They’re fairly easily available in supermarkets, or you can order them online. Yes, they are a little expensive, but not overly so. Either way, they make your job 10 times easier. 

  • When you dip the ladyfinger pieces in the strawberry purée, one dunk is enough. It only takes a second for the cookie to absorb and coat itself in the purée. Don’t let the ladyfinger sit in the purée. Why? Because remember, as the tiramisu chills, the cookies will automatically soak up more of the fruit juices. 
Strawberry Tiramisu | Eggless Alcohol-free Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

Tweaking the ingredients of strawberry tiramisu without eggs

Vanilla: I love the depth and dimension vanilla brings out in the tiramisu. You can use vanilla extract instead of bean paste. I prefer the latter because I find the tiny vanilla specks shining through the cream stunning.

Another substitute for vanilla is lemon or orange zest. Pairing strawberries with any citrus tang doesn’t even require an explanation. The aromatics bring a wonderful lightness to the dessert. 

More fruit: Make a bed of strawberries after the mascarpone cream, if you so wish. For us, the purée did the magic, offering a dreamy amount of strawberry essence. 

Strawberry Tiramisu | Eggless Alcohol-free Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

Can you make strawberry tiramisu with alcohol?

Some say the original tiramisu didn’t have any alcohol. Others say it had a drop of Marsala wine. I say, pander to your own palate. Spike it with prosecco, rum, brandy, or even strawberry or orange liqueur

Lace the strawberry purée with the alcohol of your choice and pour a spoonful in the mascarpone cheese. Or keep the tiramisu alcohol-free, as I did. 

Does it have to be strawberry tiramisu in a glass?

Serving them in wine glasses was a completely personal choice for me. If you’re feeling inspired, try any dessert glass or make it in a regular serving dish. 

Strawberry Tiramisu | Eggless Alcohol-free Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

All the reasons to try the no-bake strawberry tiramisu

Easy to make

Great make-ahead dessert

No-baking, just whisking and layering

Sunnier, brighter take on the classic tiramisu

Strawberry Tiramisu | Eggless Alcohol-free Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

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Chocolate Mug Cake

Strawberry Tiramisu

Strawberry Tiramisu – This easy dessert is balanced to perfection, with notes of vanilla melding with the delicate, velvety mascarpone and the tartness of strawberries falling in rhythm.
Prep Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: Strawberry Tiramisu, Eggless Strawberry Tiramisu
Servings: 8 servings
Calories:
Author: Natasha Minocha

Ingredients

  • 16 Ladyfinger cookies

Strawberry Puree

  • 200 gms Strawberries
  • 2-3 tbsp Sugar
  • 100 ml Water

Mascarpone Mixture

  • 200 gms Mascarpone cheese
  • 150 gms Cream
  • 35 gms Icing sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla bean paste
  • Fresh strawberries and Chocolate shavings for topping

Instructions

  • Keep 8 dessert glasses/bowls handy.

Strawberry Puree

  • Combine the strawberries, sugar, and water in a blender. Blend until you get a smooth puree. Taste and adjust for sweetness.

Mascarpone Mixture

  • Combine the mascarpone cheese, cream, icing sugar, and vanilla bean paste in a bowl.
  • Beat them together, using an electric beater, until thick and creamy.

Assembly

  • Dip a ladyfinger cookie in the strawberry puree. Place it at the bottom of the serving glass. you may need to break it into 2-3 pieces to make it fit.
  • Add 1-2 tsp of the puree on top.
  • Add a heaped tablespoon of the cheese mixture. You may need to add more, depending on the glass you are using.
  • Add one more layer of cookie, puree, and then cheese mixture. Add a little bit of the puree on top of the last cheese layer.
  • Repeat for all the dessert glasses.
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours.
  • Top with fresh strawberries and chocolate shavings before serving. Enjoy!

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