Strawberry limoncello tiramisu

A fresh berry tiramisu recipe, this strawberry limoncello tiramisu is a delicious twist to a big old classic. Ladyfinger biscuits dipped in limoncello and strawberry juice alternate layers of fresh strawberries and classic mascarpone cream. This is a tiramisu without coffee, its flavour relies completely on the strawberries and lemon liqueur. Perfect for peak strawberry season or throughout the summer!

If you know me personally, chances are I have served you tiramisu at least once. Every time we host a dinner party our Swedish friends always expect something Italian. While I take my dinners with friends as wonderful chances to try out new recipes – like I did with my Georgian eggplant rolls or red cabbage empanadas – sometimes it’s safe to pull out a classic for dessert. Tiramisu never disappoints.

The thing is I’m usually a rebel when it comes to classic tiramisu. While I’m keen on keeping the traditional flavour I often make other changes. For instance, ditch classic Savoiardi biscuits for homemade sponge cake. Which allows me to also ditch the classic casserole dish and present my tiramisu in individual portions or even as a small tiramisu cake. So this time I’m doing exactly the opposite. Here’s classic tiramisu made with savoiardi in a casserole dish. What’s totally not classic is the flavour.

Strawberry limoncello tiramisu with one portion missing.

Strawberry limoncello tiramisu ingredients

Since we stressed this is a classic, this strawberry tiramisu recipe follows the traditional recipe with mascarpone cheese and raw eggs. But there is no coffee, nor any cocoa powder in this tiramisu. As the title goes, we’re using limoncello and fresh strawberries!

Overlay image of ingredients needed in this recipe.

  • Fresh strawberries – the use of frozen strawberries is not recommended as they get too mushy.
  • Mascarpone cheese – the most classic ingredient in traditional tiramisu.
  • Fresh eggs – choose the freshest eggs you can get, preferably free-range and organic.
  • Granulated sugar – used both to sweeten the cream and flavour the strawberries.
  • Savoiardi – a type of biscuit known in English as ladyfingers.
  • Limoncello – a lemon liqueur from southern Italy, especially from the Amalfi and Sorrento area.
  • Lemon – we use the juice with the strawberries, and the zest as decoration.
  • Powdered sugar – optional – to lightly sweeten the top layer of strawberries.

For detailed quantities please refer to the recipe card at the end of this post. A step-by-step description of the recipe follows.

How to make strawberry limoncello tiramisu

  • Set aside one part of the strawberries picking those that are more or less similar in size. Those will be used for the top layer. Cut the rest of the fruits into a fine dice and season with granulated sugar and lemon juice. Marinate 15 minutes.
  • Separate the egg whites from the yolks into two separate bowls. Whisk the egg whites on high speed until hard peak forms, whisking in one tablespoon of sugar at the end.
  • Combine the rest of the sugar with the yolks and beat at high speed for 3 minutes until fluffy and light. Add the mascarpone and whisk that in until homogeneous. In the end pour in some of the limoncello.

One bowl with whipped egg whites, one with whipped yolks and mascarpone, and a bowl with diced strawberries.

  • Add whipped egg whites to mascarpone mixture and gently fold in with a rubber spatula. Spread an even layer of cream all over the bottom of a casserole dish.
  • Drain the diced strawberries retaining the juice. Stir in the rest of the limoncello and place liquid in a shallow bowl that fits a biscuit.
  • Quickly dip the savoiardi biscuits in the strawberry juice on both sides, just one second per side. The biscuits should not be soaked in the juice but just lightly dipped. Arrange a layer of dipped biscuits all over the cream.

Creating a layer of soaked ladyfinger biscuits.

  • Spread half of the drained diced strawberries over the biscuit layer. This will release extra moisture on the biscuits while also providing extra flavour to every bite.

Adding a layer of diced strawberries over the biscuit layer.

  • Spread another layer of cream all over the strawberry layer, trying to keep it level and even.
  • Repeat previous steps to create a second layer of dipped biscuits, diced strawberries and a final layer of cream, so that your tiramisu will have 2 layers of biscuits dipped in limoncello between 3 layers of cream.

Spreading a layer of mascarpone cream over the strawberries.

  • Slice the strawberries you had set aside lengthways and arrange them on the top of the tiramisu. If they were not very sweet, you can lightly dust them with powdered sugar. Top with lemon zest for an extra lemony hint and decorate with mint leaves if you wish.

Topping the tiramisu with fresh strawberries and powdered sugar.

Serving and storing

Tiramisu always tastes better the second day. Resting time allows the final product to set, ensuring the right texture is achieved (no crunchy bites but soft soaked biscuits) and the flavours have finely blended. However, you don’t need to always make it one day ahead. Just make sure your strawberry limoncello tiramisu gets at last a couple of hours resting time.

Being made with raw eggs and a fresh cheese like mascarpone, tiramisu is extremely sensitive to high temperatures. Always store your tiramisu in the fridge and only take it out when it’s time to serve it. Not only does it taste best chilled, but you need to make sure it will not spoil.

Cover leftovers with cling film and store refrigerated for up to 3 days. Freezing is not recommended, it will lose its texture and may separate upon thawing.

Strawberry limoncello tiramisu in a see-through casserole.

Strawberry tiramisu tips & tricks

The right texture of tiramisu is soft throughout. There shall never be any crunch from the savoiardi biscuits. The dip in the strawberry juice (coffee in traditional tiramisu) is mostly meant to give flavour. What ensures the right texture in the biscuits is the resting time. Ladyfingers will absorb moisture from the cream, getting soft throughout. This is why you should always avoid soaking the biscuits too much in the liquid in the first place. Overly soaked biscuits will result in a watery tiramisu.

While limoncello is a key element in the flavour profile of this tiramisu, it does add some booze factor. This strawberry limoncello tiramisu is not recommended for children and is best enjoyed by an adult company. If you wish to make a non-alcoholic version of this recipe, swap the limoncello for the same quantity of sweetened lemon juice. Just make sure to make it really sweet, as limoncello itself is mostly sweet with a hint of lemon zest rather than acidic.

I hope you will enjoy this strawberry twist to classic tiramisu. If you try my recipe make sure to let me know your thoughts in the comment section. And if you’re looking for more strawberry recipes you may also like to check these out:

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Strawberry limoncello tiramisu is a strawberry tiramisu with a hint of lemon liqueur. Limoncello and fresh strawberry juice sub the coffee giving this tiramisu recipe a whole new flavour profile that is perfect to enjoy in the summer.

 

Overhead view of top decoration with sliced strawberries.
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Strawberry limoncello tiramisu

A fresh strawberry tiramisu with a hint of limoncello, a delicious lemon liqueur.

Course Dessert
Cuisine Italian
Keyword limoncello, strawberry dessert, tiramisu
Prep Time 30 minutes
Resting Time 2 hours
Servings 8 people
Calories 510 kcal
Author Eva | Electric Blue Food

Ingredients

  • 650 g strawberries fresh
  • 500 g mascarpone
  • 4 eggs free range
  • 100 g + 2 tbsp granulated sugar divided
  • 200 g savoiardi biscuits (ladyfingers)
  • 60 ml limoncello divided
  • 1 small lemon juiced and zested
  • 1 tsp powdered sugar

Instructions

  1. Set aside one fifth of the strawberries to reserve for the top decoration, choosing those that are more or less the same size. Cut the rest into a fine dice and add to a bowl. Add 2 tbsp sugar, the juice of a lemon, toss and let rest for 15 minutes.

  2. Separate the egg whites from the yolks. Whip the whites to hard peaks, adding about 1 tbsp sugar during the last minute of whipping.

  3. Add the rest of the sugar to the yolks and beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, 3 minutes. Add the mascarpone and continue whipping until combined, 2 minutes. Pour in one third of the limoncello, whisk until combined.

  4. Drain the strawberries reserving the juice. Pour it in in a shallow bowl and stir in the rest of the limoncello.

  5. Spread an even layer of mascarpone cream over the bottom of a casserole dish.

  6. Quickly dip the ladyfinger biscuits in the strawberry juice and limoncello mixture on both sides, then place over mascarpone cream. Repeat creating a layer of dipped biscuits. See notes for further info.

  7. Top biscuit layer with half of the diced strawberries.

  8. Add another layer of mascarpone cream, then proceed to create a second layer of dipped biscuits, then top with the rest of the diced strawberries. Spread a final layer of mascarpone cream on top.

  9. Take the strawberries you had set aside and slice them lengthways. Place them over the top layer of the tiramisu covering it all. Top with powdered sugar to sweeten the top layer of strawberries. Add some lemon zest for decoration.

  10. Cover the strawberry tiramisu with cling film. Place it in the fridge and let it rest for 2 hours or overnight.

Recipe Notes

  • Ladyfinger biscuits need to be dipped really quickly in the strawberry juice in order to avoid them being completely soaked. Overly soaked biscuits will cause a soggy and watery tiramisu. 
  • Tiramisu needs about 2 hours of resting time to ensure the biscuits will absorb moisture and get soft to the core. Proper tiramisu should not have a crunchy texture from the biscuits. Since you cannot over-soak them, you need to give them time to absorb moisture from the cream.
  • The nutritional information provided is only an estimate from an online calculator.
Nutrition Facts
Strawberry limoncello tiramisu
Amount Per Serving
Calories 510 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 19g119%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 200mg67%
Sodium 104mg5%
Potassium 202mg6%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 10g20%
Vitamin A 1146IU23%
Vitamin C 55mg67%
Calcium 128mg13%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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17 Comments

  1. Gloria May 24, 2021 at 16:49

    5 stars
    Yes to strawberry season. This is the perfect dessert for bbq parties. Limoncello is such a great ingredient to add some flavour.

    Reply
    1. Eva May 24, 2021 at 17:04

      Hi Gloria! We all love a dessert with a kick, especially at BBQ parties!

      Reply
  2. NATALIA May 24, 2021 at 22:08

    5 stars
    OMG! This recipe is soooo delicious. Tiramisu is one of my all time favorite desserts but I’ve never made it with limoncello or strawberries. I have to try it, looks amazing! Thank you for a wonderful recipe!

    Reply
  3. Chef Dennis May 24, 2021 at 23:46

    5 stars
    I love strawberries! I love Tiramisu! An \d combined together, it’s perfect! This Strawberry limoncello tiramisu is making me crave right now.

    Reply
  4. Sharon May 25, 2021 at 17:33

    5 stars
    This classic tiramisu gets a summertime makeover with strawberry and lemon flavors in every layer.

    Reply
  5. Bernice May 26, 2021 at 03:58

    5 stars
    This berry tiramisu was SUCH a hit…everyone asked for seconds. We all loved the fresh update on a classic Italian dessert.

    Reply
    1. Eva May 29, 2021 at 21:41

      Hi Bernice! Lovely to hear!

      Reply
  6. Tristin May 26, 2021 at 16:20

    5 stars
    Such an interesting twist on the classic tiramisu. We buy a TON of strawberries in the summer and I’m always looking for ways to use them before they go bad.

    Reply
    1. Eva May 29, 2021 at 21:42

      Hi Tristin. It sounds like my tiramisù will be a useful recipe in your house, then!

      Reply
  7. Aleta May 27, 2021 at 15:53

    5 stars
    I made this strawberry limoncello tiramisu for a family get together and it was a huge hit! Everyone was asking for the recipe. Thanks Eva!

    Reply
    1. Eva May 29, 2021 at 21:42

      Hi Aleta! How awesome to hear! I’m glad I helped to impress your family.

      Reply
  8. Elaine May 30, 2021 at 19:21

    5 stars
    I have only one problem with tiramisu – I can never stop eating it until it’s all gone. Fantastic recipe that I bet tastes like it’s nobody’s business!

    Reply
    1. Eva May 30, 2021 at 21:35

      Ah thank you Elaine! And I gotta say I have the same problem myself!

      Reply
  9. Loreto and Nicoletta May 31, 2021 at 05:24

    5 stars
    We are not strangers to this type of tiramisu!😋❤️👌 When we find strawberries at the organic or farmers market, this is one of the first things we think of doing! Love your touch of limoncello, we add it in too. I remember being in the Amalfi coast and drinking limoncello super cold. Just yummy!😋👍👌❤️😍

    Reply
    1. Eva May 31, 2021 at 07:58

      I’ve had people questioning the italianness of this recipe so thank you for validating it. Just because it’s not very famous, it doesn’t mean that Italians don’t actually make it this way. I love my strawberry tiramisù!

      Reply
  10. Melanie Cagle May 31, 2021 at 15:54

    5 stars
    This was super good. I love to look for recipes when the berries start being in season… this recipe jumped out to me. It was as delicious as it looked. Thanks for sharing.

    Reply
    1. Eva June 13, 2021 at 11:06

      Hi Melanie! This is lovely to hear!

      Reply

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