Strawberry tiramisu is a fresh and fruity, family-friendly take on the classic Italian dessert. This version has a double doze of fruit, is a little lighter but super easy and so delicious.
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When I first got the idea to make strawberry tiramisu, I did a fair bit of thinking about how to get it just as I wanted. You see, just a layer of strawberries wasn't quite going to be strawberry-ish enough for me.
I also wanted to have real strawberry flavor rather than artificial-tasting. Then I figured out a plan that was both effective and easy. And the result is truly delicious.
While I love baked strawberry desserts like strawberry rhubarb crisp and strawberry bundt cake, no bake desserts are perfect to be able to enjoy year round. True, strawberries are best when they are in season locally, but we're lucky to get some from other areas not too far where the season is slightly different, too.
Another great thing about this dessert is that it can be made ahead which makes it a great choice when you are entertaining. You can scale it up, too, as suits.
Does strawberry tiramisu have alcohol in it?
I'm sure you could make this with a strawberry liqueur, but I came up with a way to get lots of great strawberry flavor right in the cookies, without the need for any.
Basically, you make a kind of strawberry syrup to soak the cookies in. True, it takes slightly longer, but works so well.
As a result, it means my kids get to enjoy this delicious dessert, unlike a traditional tiramisu. And while it's still a bit of a treat, it's a little healthier than you might think.
You definitely need mascarpone for a true tiramisu flavor, in my mind, and I have gone with the common adaptation of using just cream rather than an egg mixture to make the creamy layer.
Steps to make strawberry tiramisu
Assuming you don't have my delays, the good news is this dessert is really easy to put together. All you do is:
- Simmer together some strawberries with water, orange juice and a little sugar.
- Mash the mixture, allow to cool, then strain.
- Dip the ladyfingers into this strawberry syrup and put a layer in the bottom of your dish.
- Whip the cream to form firm peaks.
- Separately, mix the mascarpone with a little sugar, fold in the whipped cream then put half over the cookies.
- Add a layer of strawberry slices, then top with another layer of strawberry-dipped cookies and the rest of the mascarpone mixture.
- Cover and chill to let the mascarpone cream firm up a little and the cookies to soften.
This strawberry tiramisu has everything you'd expect in a good no bake dessert - not too many ingredients, easy to make, and full of delicious flavor. It was an instant hit in our house - make sure you test it in yours.
Try these other fruit desserts:
- Grilled peaches with mascarpone
- Blueberry galette (free-form tart)
- Summer pudding (a traditional fruit-filled British dessert)
- No churn roasted strawberry ice cream
- Plus get more dessert recipes in the archives.
For the strawberry syrup
- 6 oz strawberries weight with stems removed
- ¼ cup water
- 1 tablespoon orange juice
- ¼ cup sugar
For rest of tiramisu
- 12 ladyfinger cookies (savoiardi)
- ⅔ cup mascarpone
- 2 tablespoon sugar
- ⅔ cup cream
- 4 oz strawberries plus approx 2 more to decorate top
For the strawberry syrup (ahead of time)
- Roughly chop the strawberries and put in a small pan with the water, orange juice and sugar. Bring to a simmer, stirring now and then. Simmer for a couple of minutes and mash the strawberries to a pulp. Set aside to cool then strain the mixture. You can make this ahead and store in a cool place, sealed.
To make up tiramisu (at least 4 hours before needed/night before)
- Put the strawberry syrup in a small bowl/dish that is wide enough to fit a ladyfinger cookie in it, but not much bigger. Dip 6 ladyfinger cookies, one at a time, into the strawberry liquid. Turn each so it is coated but don't leave to soak. Put them next to each other in a dish that's big enough to hold a layer of 6 cookies, but not much bigger, and around 2in/5cm deep. Drizzle over a small amount more of the syrup if it seems they didn't absorb that much.
- In a medium-large bowl, whip the cream until it forms firm peaks.
- In a separate bowl, beat together the mascarpone and sugar so the mixture is smooth and glossy. Fold in the cream so they are well combined but try not to loose all the air.
- Put half of the mascarpone mixture over the layer of ladyfinger cookies. It's best to dot it on then spread to join together as otherwise you may break the cookies or end up with the syrup part mixed through.
- Slice the strawberries relatively thinly and lay a layer over the mascarpone mixture. Dip the remaining cookies in the strawberry syrup and lay over the strawberries and top with the rest of the mascarpone mixture. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
- Decorate with a few slices of strawberry on top and serve.
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And enjoy these no-bake strawberry desserts:
No Bake Strawberry Cakes and Pies
- Dairy Free Strawberry Silk Pie by Helpful Homemade
- No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake Recipe by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- No Bake Strawberry Lime Mousse Pie by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Strawberry Ice Cream Cake by Soulfully Made
- No-Bake Layered Chocolate Strawberry Pudding Cake by Kudos Kitchen by Renee
- No-Bake Strawberry Slab Pie by Hardly A Goddess
- Strawberry Icebox Cheesecake by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Tasty Strawberry Layered Desserts
- Fresh Strawberry Pretzel Dessert by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Low Carb Lemon & Strawberry Cheesecake Treat by My Life Cookbook
- No Bake Chocolate Strawberry Lasagna by My Sweet Savings
- Strawberry Ginger Rice Pudding Cups by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Strawberry Shortcake Parfait by Desserts Required
Special and Delicious Strawberry Treats
- Cannoli Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries by Jersey Girl Cooks
- Strawberry Balsamic Ice Cream by Flour On My Face
- Strawberry Dole Whip by Sunday Supper Movement
- No Bake Strawberry Cheesecake K-bobs by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Strawberry Mochi by kimchi MOM
- Strawberry S’mores Skillet Dip by Casa de Crews
This post was originally sponsored by Florida Strawberry in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.