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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.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Carson Downing

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45 mins
5 hrs 45 mins


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; fat 34g; cholesterol 213mg; saturated fat 19g; carbohydrates 54g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 1g; trans fatty acid 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 46g; protein 7g; vitamin a 1066.1IU; vitamin c 19mg; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0.2mg; niacin equivalents 0.4mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 31mcg; vitamin b12 0.4mcg; sodium 85mg; potassium 103mg; calcium 70mg; iron 1mg.