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
Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Carson Downing

Recipe Summary

45 mins
5 hrs 45 mins (includes chilling)


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


Rating: 5.0 stars
If you love lemon, this recipe is perfect! So often tiramisu with coffee, although delicious, can't be eaten in the evening for me. The only thing I would add to the recipe is perhaps indicate what size jar/glass you would suggest using. I ended up making six portions due to the size of the jars I used. Definitely will make lemony good!
Rating: 5.0 stars
Amazing! I love lemon, so I loved this! I did make a few changes: used limoncello instead of the syrup, as traditional tiramisu calls for liqueur. And after whipping the mascarpone, I folded in some whipped heavy cream to lighten it up. Lastly, I cheated and store-bought lemon curd. Okay, I know I made alot of changes, but the concept of this dessert is great, whether or not you make homemade lemon curd or use a shortcut. And if you want or need to make it family-friendly, you have the option of making the syrup. It's a great dessert either way.