Tiramisu without Alcohol


Today, I have for you an alcohol free Tiramisu (without alcohol) that is easy, delicious and a crowd pleaser. This will become your go to recipe for sure! I use zabaglione, mascarpone and ricotta to make this go-to Tiramisu that is always a hit! 

I’ve previously mentioned that I love eggs. And I praised the French for their prodigious egg creations. Today, Italy’s creativity with eggs is in the spotlight. Italian baked eggs, frittata, Cheese and egg balls, and most importantly TIRAMISU, come to mind. The ingenious Italians decided to emulsify eggs yolks to make a custard called Zabaglione. Now the French have this dessert too and it’s called Sabayon. Please don’t ask me who invented it as I do not want to start a . Let’s give credit to them both but also praise the Italians to taking this custard to another level by combining it with CHEESE, COFFEE and BISCUITS. Could you imagine a more deserved combination? I don’t think I can.

Tiramisu means pick me up and given I like to listen to what food orders me, I like making this when I need a pick me up. Even when my hips say ‘no, no, no’. The Savaoiardi biscuits (or Ladyfingers) are generally doused in coffee liqueur or brandy, and unfortunately that makes it off-limits to many people I know. So I like to make a version that tastes equally as good without the alcohol.

Mascarpone cheese is traditionally used in making Tiramisu. It’s a creamy, slightly sweet soft cheese that is ideal in desserts. I also like to use Ricotta with the Zabaglione to give it a richer flavour. I made this batch for my boss’s birthday and I kid you not, it was gone in 10 minutes! Nobody missed the alcohol. My boss appreciated the gesture and really seemed to enjoy it so that was a win-win.

Is there an International Tiramisu Day because I’d eat nothing else on that day! So next time you feel down, whip up this easy dessert for a quick pick me up! You could also just make it with the Mascarpone and/or Ricotta to save on even more time! Enjoy!

Do you have a favourite (alcohol free) version of Tiramisu that you’d like to share with me? Please do!

Alcohol free Tiramisu
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins

An Alcohol free Tiramisu recipe that is halal and kosher, and is a crowd favourite. 

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Tamara at Foodieverse
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 250 grams mascarpone cheese
  • 375 grams ricotta cheese (or whipped cream)
  • 22-25 ladyfingers (Savoiardi biscuits)
  • 1 cup brewed coffee cooled
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • semi-sweet chocolate shavings for garnish (optional)
  1. Use a double boiler or place bowl over pot of simmering water ( water should not touch the bowl). 

  2. Whisk egg yolks with sugar for 10-12 minutes until pale yellow and creamy. 

  3. Remove from heat and fold in the cheeses.

  4. Dip ladyfingers in brewed coffee and arrange one layer in dish. They don't have to be of equal size. 

  5. Spread half of the cheese mixture. Add few teaspoons of coffee for extra coffee flavour. 

  6. Repeat another layer of biscuits and top with remaining half of cheese mixture.

  7. Sift cocoa powder generously and top with chocolate shavings.

  8. Chill for 4 hours to overnight. Enjoy! 


Watch how to make Tiramisu

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