You may never think of tiramisu the same again after tasting this tangy lemon version without coffee. Finally, a tiramisu recipe you can enjoy after dinner that won't keep you awake all night.

Danielle Centoni


Lemon Curd
Lemon Syrup
Mascarpone Cream


Instructions Checklist
  • For lemon curd: In a medium saucepan combine zest and juice of three lemons, 1 cup sugar, eggs, egg yolks, butter, and pinch of salt. Cook, stirring constantly, over medium until mixture thickens and starts to bubble. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Transfer to a bowl. Cover surface with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours or until chilled. (Lemon curd can be made a week ahead.)

  • For syrup: In a small saucepan combine zest and juice of two lemons, 1/4 cup sugar, and 1/4 cup water. Heat over medium just until sugar dissolves. Transfer to a small bowl; let cool.

  • For mascarpone cream: In a small bowl beat cream with a mixer on medium until stiff peaks form. In a medium bowl beat mascarpone, 1/3 cup sugar, and zest of half lemon with the mixer until smooth. Fold in whipped cream.

  • To assemble: Spoon one-third of the mascarpone cream into the bottom of eight glasses or ramekins (4- to 6-oz.). Dip ladyfinger halves into lemon syrup, coating both sides. Place about half of the ladyfingers in glasses, breaking or cutting cookies to fit. Top with one-half of the lemon curd and another third of mascarpone cream. Repeat cookie, curd, and cream layers. Cover each serving. Refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight. If desired, top with sweetened whipped cream and additional zest. Serves 8.

Nutrition Facts

533 calories; 34 g total fat; 19 g saturated fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat; 213 mg cholesterol; 85 mg sodium. 103 mg potassium; 54 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 46 g sugar; 7 g protein; 1 g trans fatty acid; 1066 IU vitamin a; 19 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 0 mg niacin equivalents; 0 mg vitamin b6; 31 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 70 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;