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lemon tiramisu recipe

This Lemon Tiramisu Recipe is an impressive dessert that tastes amazing. Perfect for Easter, a springtime treat, special brunch or shower or anytime!

This Lemon Tiramisu Recipe is an impressive dessert that tastes amazing. Perfect for Easter, a springtime treat, special brunch or shower or anytime!

This lemon tiramisu recipe is one that I save for when Mom comes to town each spring. It’s not one of my 3-ingredient recipes that I love to throw together when I’m craving something sweet, nor is it one of the things I make when I’m feeling down and need something to cheer me up. No, this tiramisu recipe takes a bit of effort and needs plenty of refrigerator time before I can even consider putting it on the table.

But it’s worth it. It’s both tart and sweet, creamy and luscious. And it’s perfect for springtime.

I start by making my own lemon curd. It’s possible to cut corners here and buy some lemon curd from the store, but in my opinion this is when you don’t want to go there. You know I’m all about shortcuts, but really only when they make sense and won’t impact the quality of a dish. Homemade lemon curd is just sooo much better than store-bought, so do yourself a favor and take the extra step. I have two recipes for lemon curd; one will guarantee you’ll turn out a curd that’s silky and smooth, the other is almost as good but you’ll save some time by making it in the microwave.

I love to serve this tiramisu recipe in mini-dishes; here I’ve used mini trifles, but any mini dish would do. It’s gorgeous – the photos really don’t do it justice – and the clean, fresh flavors are what make it my favorite springtime dessert recipe. Be sure to get some bright, fresh berries or fresh mint leaves to use for a garnish.

This Lemon Tiramisu Recipe is an impressive dessert that tastes amazing. Perfect for Easter, a springtime treat, special brunch or shower or anytime!

This Lemon Tiramisu Recipe is an impressive dessert that tastes amazing. Perfect for Easter, a springtime treat, special brunch or shower or anytime!

Lemon Tiramisu

Yield: 0

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons brandy or 4 tablespoons white rum
  • juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 4 T sugar, divided
  • 1 9 ounce packet sponge cake fingers (or more)
  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 c homemade lemon curd
  • 2 large eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Mix together the lemon juice and brandy. Add 2 T sugar and stir until it dissolves. Set aside.
  2. Whip the egg whites until they form soft peaks.
  3. Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks.
  4. Beat together the remaining sugar, mascarpone, lemon curd, egg yolks and the lemon zest.
  5. Carefully fold the cream in the mascarpone mixture, followed by the egg whites.
  6. Stir the lemon juice mixture. Dip the ladyfingers in the juice mixture (they will soak up the juice very quickly so you only need to leave them in it for a second). Layer them in whatever dish you’re using to serve (springform pan, trifle dish, mini dishes of some sort).
  7. Spoon half of the mascarpone mixture over the biscuits, dip remaining ladyfingers and arrange as you go. End with mascarpone mixture on top.
  8. Level the top using a knife, cover and leave in the fridge for at least 8 hours for best results.
  9. Remove from fridge, garnish and serve.
Kristy Bernardo
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Stefany Noble

Saturday 11th of May 2019

Looks delicious!!! But when I read the recipe, I feel uneasy about eating raw eggs. There has to be different way. I might have to tweak the recipe! I’ll let you know. Thank you!

Nikolina

Friday 25th of August 2017

Made this twice it is a great dessert and I make it with Lemencello liqueur instead of brandy or rum. The first time I brought it to a party people were hesitant to try it they thought it was icing on top until they tried it and then it was all gone. Thanks for posting.

Kristy Bernardo

Friday 25th of August 2017

So glad you enjoyed it! It's still one of my all-time favorites. :)

kristyreal

Thursday 23rd of April 2015

Recipe looks good, but it is the only thing on the page that is readable. Tiny light grey thin typeface on white background....what were you thinking?

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 23rd of April 2015

Hi Kristy, I welcome constructive criticism and feedback but don't appreciate comments that aren't intended to be helpful or kind. To answer your question, I was thinking that this is my blog and my choice, just as the bright blue background and colors on your site was yours.

Gwen @simplyhealthyfamily

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Hands down, always and forever tiramisu is my favorite dessert. Ever. My husband gets it for me from my fav Italian restaurant every year for my birthday and our anniversary. I have to say, I'm pretty damn excited about this lemon version!!!

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 2nd of April 2015

I completely agree, Gwen!! A good tiramisu is VERY hard to beat. One of my absolute favorites!!

Angela | Mind Over Batter

Thursday 26th of March 2015

Oh, my gosh. Love this tiramisu so hard. I love the bright flavor of lemon curd. I planned to make something lemon this weekend. This is it!

Kristy Bernardo

Thursday 2nd of April 2015

YAY, I'm so glad, Angela!!

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