Add this easy, no-bake, alcohol-free Tiramisu recipe to your family’s dessert rotation! Filled with rich flavors and layers of coffee-soaked ladyfinger biscuits, mascarpone, and cocoa. It’s sure to impress!
How to make Tiramisu (without alcohol)
Tiramisu, a classic Italian dessert, typically is made with Marsala Wine. I make this recipe with no alcohol so my whole family can enjoy it.
I often make this dessert (Cake?) for my husband on his Birthday. Seriously though, Is Tiramisu a cake or not? Either way, made up of two of my favorite things, Coffee & Cocoa.
Enjoy this Tiramisu recipe without alcohol, and if you must, add a coffee liquor, marsala wine, or dark rum to the coffee mixture and/or the mascarpone cream mixture.
Gathering your ingredients:
Brewed strong coffee or espresso – If using instant espresso powder, follow directions on the container to achieve the best results. If you have flavored coffee that works too! I always drink hazelnut coffee, so this is what I used. Regular instant coffee works just as well.
Granulated white sugar
Large Egg yolks – Large eggs, they don’t have to be at room temperature, as we are tempering/cooking the yolks. We do not need egg whites for this recipe.
** You CAN freeze egg whites for future use if you choose.
Heavy whipping cream, cold – Make sure to use a full-fat heavy whipping cream and that it is very cold before using.
Mascarpone cheese, room temperature – Mascarpone cheese is going to give the most authentic Tiramisu flavor. If necessary, you can substitute softened cream cheese.
Ladyfingers or Savoiardi biscuits – You should be able to buy these ladyfinger cookies at your local grocery stores. If you can’t, be sure to check out my Ladyfingers recipe. That recipe will make roughly 30 ladyfingers, perfect for this recipe.
*see recipe card for detailed measurements
Kitchen supplies you’ll need
- Mixing bowls
- Electric mixer with the whisk attachment
- Hand whisk
- 8-inch baking dish, or one of a similar size
- Large spoon
- Plastic wrap
Mix it, Layer it, & Eat it!
- In a small bowl add brewed coffee or espresso and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Whisk until sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool
Using the double boiler method (place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water)
Place the egg yolks and sugar in the heatproof bowl on the saucepan of simmering water over medium heat. Don’t allow the water to boil, just simmer below the bowl.
The most classic Tiramisu recipe calls for raw eggs, in this recipe we are tempering the raw egg yolks or heating the yolks to a safe temperature before mixing them in.
Whisk using a hand whisk or a hand mixer on medium speed whisk until the egg mixture reaches a thick and foamy consistency and is hot to the touch. The egg mixture will appear a pale yellow color.
Remove from heat to cool for about 15 minutes.
After the egg yolk mixture has cooled, add mascarpone cheese. Whisk until incorporated and smooth.
In 2 batches, gently fold in the whipped cream until smooth.
Dip the ladyfinger cookies very quickly in the coffee syrup. Less than a second, not any longer or they’ll end up too soggy. The sponge fingers have such a light texture, they’ll absorb the coffee very quickly.
Layer them in an 8-baking dish or a similar-sized dish of your choosing. I am using a deep pie pan in this recipe.
Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture onto the lady finger cookies and spread out until smooth.
Repeat the process for the second layer and top layer.
Place the dipped lady fingers on top of the creamy filling. Once again,
Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
Right before serving, dust the top with cocoa powder. Cut and serve cold.
This is not a classic tiramisu recipe by any means. It is an easy recipe to put together that my family loves. One of the best things I like about it is the lack of alcohol so even my littles can enjoy it!
Tips for Mixing, Eating & Storing
Make this recipe 2 or 3 days before serving. Keep covered tightly while chilling before serving.
Make sure ingredients that need to be at room temperature are set out at LEAST 30 minutes before preparing the recipe.
-You can use any brewed coffee, flavored or decaf works as well.
-Adding a coffee liquor, marsala wine, or dark rum to the coffee mixture and/or the mascarpone cream mixture would add additional flavor.
Freezing & Storing:
-If you’d like to freeze, before adding the cocoa powder on top keep tightly wrapped and frozen for up to 3 months. Do note that freezing may alter the texture of the dessert after thawing.
-Mascarpone cheese – Substitute with softened full-fat original cream cheese.
-Heavy whipping cream alternative – I have tried this recipe with a coconut heavy cream alternative. While it works, I’d suggest doubling the amount needed. The coconut cream almost comes pre whipped so it doesn’t really whip up more. Also because coconut melts at room temperature, place it into the fridge right after assembly so the coconut oils can firm up.
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- In a small bowl add brewed coffee and 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar. Whisk until sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
- Using the double boil method (place a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water) Place the egg yolks and sugar in the heatproof bowl over the pot of simmering water.
- Whisk using a hand whisk or a hand mixer until the yolk mixture reaches a thick and foamy consistency and is hot to the touch.
- Remove from heat to cool for about 15 minutes.
- In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer bowl, whisk heavy cream until stiff peaks have formed.
- After the egg yolk mixture has cooled, add the room temperature mascarpone cheese. Whisk until incorporated and smooth.
- In 2 batches, fold in the whipped heavy cream until smooth.
- Dip the ladyfingers very quickly in the coffee syrup. Less than a second, not any longer or they’ll end up too soggy.
- Layer them in an 8-baking dish or a similar-sized dish of your choosing.
- Spoon half of the filling onto the ladyfingers and spread out until smooth.
- Repeat steps 2 and 3 for the last layers.
- Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 6 hours.
- Right before serving, dust the top with cocoa powder. Cut and serve cold.
- Make this recipe the day before, or even 2 days before serving. Right before serving, dust with cocoa powder.
- This recipe doesn’t include any alcohol, but you can add marsala wine or brandy to the coffee syrup mixture.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Chill Time: 6 hours
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Treats
- Method: layered
- Cuisine: Italian
- Serving Size: 1 Slice
- Calories: 382
- Sugar: 19.5 g
- Sodium: 61 mg
- Fat: 27.3 g
- Carbohydrates: 33.4 g
- Protein: 7.6 g
- Cholesterol: 151.5 mg
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