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Monday, May 10, 2010

Egg-less Tiramisu

I've got nothing against eggs (in fact, I love eating them), but something about using half a carton of raw eggs in a dessert is really grossing me out. Which was a big issue when I started craving tiramisu. My friend Lubna makes an AMAZING homemade tiramisu, so we colaborated on substitutions for the egg. After a lot of research we decided that replacing the eggs with vanilla pudding should achieve the same custard-like texture as the eggs. I gave it a try and was quite pleased with the results!

Just to clarify, this is not completely egg free, since the lady fingers have eggs. The recipe is free of RAW eggs.

Serves 6.

-1 package lady fingers (you will need 28 total)
-1 1/2 cups strongly brewed coffee, cooled and mixed with 2 tablespoons sugar (I used hazelnut flavored, and the subtle taste really added depth to the tiramisu).
-1 tablespoon coco powder (for garnish)

Mascarpone Cream Filling
--3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
-4 ounces mascarpone cheese (1/2 of the 8 ounce package, about 1/2 a cup)
-3/4 cup vanilla pudding
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract

-Place heavy whipping cream in a bowl and freeze for 5 minutes. Remove from freezer and whisk with an electric mixer for a few minutes until the cream forms stiff peaks. In a separate bowl, mix together mascarpone cheese, pudding and vanilla until well blended. Stir in the whipped cream.
-Soak each lady finger in coffee and place in an 8x8 inch baking dish. Place 7 lady finger side by side in two rows on the bottom layer of the baking dish. Spoon half of the mascarpone filling over the lady fingers. Repeat the soaking process of the remaining lady fingers and arrange a second layer over the mascarpone cream. Spread the  rest of the mascarpone cream and sprinkle with coco powder. 
-Cover and refrigerate over night. Because of the coffee and cream, the longer this soaks the better it will taste.
-Enjoy and leave a comment :)


  1. I am def not a fan of tiramisu...infact i boderline hate it...but when I had this version I went back for seconds..and thirds and could've prob ate the whole thing!!! A recipe really worth trying!

  2. Hi savvy chef! I noticed that a few of your recipes call for a rotisserie chicken, shredded. Can you describe how to make that? Or do I buy it ready made? Please advise :)

  3. Amira, glad you liked it. I was actually NEVER a fan of tiramisu either...until I tried Lubna's and she got me hooked :)

    Anonymous, a rotisserie chicken is a whole chicken that is baked or roasted. I usually purchase it from a local market because it makes preparing recipes so much easier.

  4. omg it looks so good, my mouth just watered :/
    have me over for tiramisu!!!

  5. I've made this several times and its SO good! whipping up the fresh cream is so much fun to watch, I didn't realize it was so easy