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Hi Bold Bakers!
Tiramisu is an absolutely iconic Italian dessert. Recently I took this rich treat and made it into a 10-minute wonder dessert with my Easy 10 Minute Tiramisu Recipe. My tiramisu recipe was such a big hit that I decided to take the flavors of traditional tiramisu and brighten them up for the summer season. My 10-Minute Berry Tiramisu is packed with sweet fruit flavor thanks to my homemade berry syrup and a super fresh batch of summer mixed berries. The combination of creamy mascarpone mousse, the light crunch of ladyfingers, and tangy fruit is so yummy and festive. Whip up my tiramisu recipe and discover one of the absolute best summer recipes.
If you also love the authentic version enriched with eggs, check out The BEST Tiramisu Recipe (100% From Scratch), and make a berry-delicious tweak!
What is a Berry Tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a super simple and rich trifle-like dessert that, rather than layering up cake and creamy filling, is designed by layering rich mascarpone mousse, ladyfinger cookies, amaretto liquor, and cocoa powder. While I love all of these flavors in tiramisu, I really feel like I’ve won by making one simple update to the famous dessert. Not only have I quickened the process of making our favorite Italian dessert, but I’ve added a layer of syrup-soaked raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries. This berry soak is easily made by creating a simple syrup consisting of 1 part sugar to about 2 parts of water, then allowing the mixed berries to soak in it so that the sweet liquid is infused with the fruit. Once I strain the berries from the syrup, the liquid then replaces the amaretto liquor found in my 10-Minute Tiramisu and heightens the berry flavor of my newer creation.
And who could really say no to berry-dipped ladyfingers smothered in a mascarpone and cream mousse?
What can I substitute for mascarpone cheese?
Mascarpone cheese is an ultra-creamy and soft Italian cheese. Although mascarpone can be used for both sweet and savory cooking, its neutral flavor and luxurious texture really lends itself to sweet desserts. When whipped up with whipping cream and sugar, mascarpone takes on the form of a stunning and light mousse. This mousse combined with the berries is truly next level. There is really no ideal substitute for this unique cheese but you could use cream cheese instead if you wish.
What berries are best for summer desserts?
If you haven’t noticed already, the berries are what sets this 10-Minute Berry Tiramisu apart from the rest. I love the bright flavor of the mix of fresh blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries. That being said, feel free to use whatever berries you and your family like! Berries are in season from May through August so no matter which berries you choose, be sure to take advantage of the season’s best. Or, you could even use frozen berries which are picked at the height of the season, and enjoy this easy dessert recipe any time you want.
Get more Recipes:
- The BEST Tiramisu Recipe (100% From Scratch)
- Homemade Ladyfingers
- Whipped Cream
- Easy 10 Minute Tiramisu
- Easy 10 Minute Chocolate Tiramisu
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10 Minute Berry Tiramisu
- ¾ cup (6 fl oz/170 ml) water
- ¾ cup (6 oz/170 g) granulated sugar
- 2 cups (10 oz/284 g) fresh strawberries, quartered
- 1 cup (5 oz/142 g) fresh raspberries
- 1 cup (5 oz/142 g) fresh blueberries
- 2 tablespoons creme de cassis (optional but yummy!)
- 1 ¼ cups (10 fl oz/282 ml) heavy whipping cream
- ⅓ cup (2½ oz/71 g) granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup (8 oz/225 g) mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 1 pack Lady Fingers (Boudoir biscuits/Savoiardi. Look for eggless if needed)
- Powdered sugar for dusting
- Toasted slivered almonds and additional berries for garnish
- First, make a simple syrup by combining the water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from the heat and add in all of the berries. Set aside for 10 minutes to infuse.
- Strain the berries from the syrup and set aside. Now it's a good time to add in the cassis to the berry syrup.
- In a large bowl using a hand mixer or large whisk, beat the whipping cream, sugar, and vanilla until soft peaks form.
- Add in the mascarpone cheese and continue to whip to stiff peaks. Set aside.
- Briefly dip the ladyfingers one at a time in the berry simple syrup and place in an 8×8 inch dish to make the first layer – you can fit about 14 cookies in each layer. Don't let them soak as they will fall apart, just a quick dunk in the syrup is enough.
- Spoon half of the soaked berries over the biscuit evenly. Followed by half whipped cream mixture spread evenly. Repeat the process with the second layer of dipped ladyfingers, berries, and remaining cream mixture. Cover and refrigerate for about 2-4 hours so the flavors can marry and the dessert can set.
- Before serving, sprinkle over almonds and extra fruit and dust with powdered sugar. Store leftovers cover and in the fridge for up to 1 day.