Limoncello Tiramisu Recipe – Lemon Dessert

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Immerse your taste buds in the tangy paradise of our Limoncello Tiramisu, a heavenly dessert infused with fresh lemons and tantalizing Limoncello syrup. It’s pure bliss in every bite!

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Limoncello Tiramisu

Tiramisu is an Italian coffee-flavored dessert made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.

It appears to have been invented in the 1960s, but where and when exactly is unclear. (Wikipedia)

In this Limoncello Tiramisu recipe, we’ve put a citrus spin on the original dessert, which we think makes it perfect for summer!

Lemon Tiramisu with Limoncello

Limoncello is an Italian lemon liqueur, made from the zest of lemons, and mainly produced in Southern Italy, especially in the region around the Gulf of Naples, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily. It is the second-most popular liqueur in Italy and is traditionally served chilled as an after-dinner digestivo. 

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The lemon flavor is found in every layer, with the ladyfingers soaked in homemade Limoncello syrup, the filling made with mascarpone and lemon curd, and the fluffy cream that sits on top of the tiramisu is sprinkled with lemon zest.

This lemon-flavored tiramisu takes around 30 minutes to make and needs plenty of time to chill before serving – around 10 hours.

Whether you’re hosting a summer dinner party, barbecue, picnic, or poolside get-together, Limoncello Tiramisu will surely be the star of the dessert table!

Limoncello Tiramisu Ingredients: lady fingers, Limoncello, cream lemon curd, mascarpone, lemons, sugar

Ingredients & Equipment Used In This Recipe

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Ingredients Needed For Limoncello Tiramisu

  • Fresh Produce Lemons
  • DairyHeavy Whipping Cream (Double Cream/Whipping Cream), Mascarpone Cheese
  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Limoncelloan Italian lemon liqueur mainly produced in Southern Italy.
  • Ladyfingersor sponge fingers in British English are low-density, dry, egg-based, sweet sponge cake biscuits roughly shaped like large fingers. Wikipedia
  • Lemon Curda dessert spread and topping usually made with citrus fruit. If you can’t find it in stores, it is actually quite easy to make your own batch with our Lemon Curd Recipe
  • Powdered Sugar also known as Icing Sugar or Confectioners Sugar.

The complete list of ingredients with measurements is on the recipe card at the end of this post.


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Is Mascarpone Cheese the Same as Cream Cheese?

Mascarpone and cream cheese differ in their primary ingredients, fat content, and texture.

Mascarpone is made using heavy cream, resulting in a higher fat content and a luxuriously creamy texture.

On the other hand, cream cheese is produced from whole milk, yielding a fat content of around 30 to 40 percent, significantly lower than the 60 to 75 percent fat content found in mascarpone.

Equipment Needed For This Recipe

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Ingredients for Limoncello Tiramisu Recipe

How Do I Make Limoncello Tiramisu?

The printable recipe card with the full ingredients list and instructions can be found at the end of this post.

Step 1 – Make Limoncello Syrup: Place the water and sugar into a small saucepan and stir to combine. Place the pan on medium-high heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved.

Pour the sugar water into a medium-sized bowl and whisk in the Limoncello and lemon to combine. Set the bowl aside to cool to room temperature.

Step 2 – Whip the Mascarpone: Using an electric handheld or standing mixer, whip the mascarpone cheese on medium-low speed until smooth and creamy.

Add the lemon curd, Limoncello, and lemon juice to the mascarpone, and mix until well combined. Transfer to another mixing bowl and set it aside.

Step 3 – Whip the Cream: Using a clean bowl and your electric mixer, whip the cream and sugar together until you get stiff peaks.

Step 4 – Make the Filling: Add about one-third of the whipped cream to the mascarpone mixture and fold gently with a spatula.

Continue to fold the cream into the mascarpone until everything is combined.

Step 5 – Build Tiramisu: Dip one Ladyfinger at a time into the cooled Limoncello syrup for about 2 seconds, and place into rows in a 9″x13″ baking dish. Squeeze the ladyfingers together for a tight fit.

Scoop half of the mascarpone and cream mixture over the ladyfingers and spread into an even layer with a spatula.

Repeat with another layer of dipped ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture, then a final layer of ladyfingers.

Step 6 – Refrigerate: Cover the Limoncello Tiramisu with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight or for 8-12 hours.

Step 7 – Finish & Serve: Whip additional heavy cream and sugar to stiff peaks and spread over the final layer of ladyfingers.

Garnish with lemon zest, lemon curls, and/or fresh mint leaves as desired. Serve and enjoy!

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Limoncello Tiramisu Recipe

Limoncello Tiramisu

Michelle Ordever
Experience a burst of sunshine with this delightful Limoncello Tiramisu. Tender ladyfingers soaked in Limoncello syrup, layered with a creamy mascarpone and lemon mixture, create a dessert that's both refreshing and indulgent.
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 10 hours
Total Time 10 hours 30 minutes
Course Desserts
Cuisine Italian
Servings 12
Calories 837 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the Limoncello Syrup

  • cups water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup Limoncello
  • 3 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zested

For the Tiramisu

  • 48 Ladyfingers
  • 24 oz 700g Mascarpone cheese
  • 15 oz 425g lemon curd
  • cup Limoncello
  • 4 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream double cream
  • cup sugar

For the Topping

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream double cream
  • 2-3 Tbsp powdered sugar

Instructions
 

  • Place the water and sugar into a small saucepan and stir to combine. Place the pan on medium-high heat and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Pour the sugar water into a medium-sized bowl and whisk in the Limoncello and lemon to combine. Set the bowl aside to cool to room temperature.
  • Using an electric handheld or standing mixer, whip the mascarpone cheese on medium-low speed until smooth and creamy. Add the lemon curd, Limoncello, and lemon juice to the mascarpone, and mix until well combined. Transfer to another mixing bowl and set it aside.
  • Using a clean bowl and your electric mixer, whip the cream and sugar together until you get stiff peaks.
  • Add about one-third of the whipped cream to the mascarpone mixture and fold in gently with a spatula. Continue to fold the cream into the mascarpone until everything is combined.
  • Dip one Ladyfinger at a time into the cooled Limoncello syrup for about 2 seconds, and place into rows in a 9"x13" baking dish. Squeeze the ladyfingers together for a tight fit. Scoop half of the mascarpone and cream mixture over the ladyfingers and spread into an even layer with a spatula.
    Repeat with another layer of dipped Ladyfingers and mascarpone mixture, then a final layer of ladyfingers.
  • Cover the Limoncello Tiramisu with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight, or for 8-12 hours.
  • To make the topping, whip the heavy cream and sugar to stiff peaks and spread over the final layer of ladyfingers. Garnish with lemon zest, lemon curls, and/or fresh mint leaves as desired. Serve and enjoy!

    Limoncello Tiramisu Recipe

Nutrition

Serving: 1 | Calories: 837kcal | Carbohydrates: 67g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 49g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 238mg | Sodium: 515mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 39g

Nutritional information is always approximate and will depend on the quality of ingredients used and serving sizes. If you need exact calories and macros, please do your own calculations.

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