Are you ready to indulge in a classic Italian dessert without the gluten and no eggs? This gluten free tiramisu recipe uses no raw egg yolks or egg whites. This recipe is the perfect solution for those who have gluten sensitivities but still crave traditional tiramisu.
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The key ingredients in this recipe include strong coffee, dark chocolate, and heavy cream, which all contribute to the rich, decadent taste and texture of the dessert. Instead of raw egg yolks, the mascarpone cream is made with only heavy cream and mascarpone cheese, creating a layer of smooth and creamy deliciousness. To assemble the tiramisu, layers of ladyfingers are dipped in coffee and then topped with the mascarpone cream. You can use store-bought gluten-free ladyfingers or make your own homemade ladyfingers for a special touch.
This recipe is perfect for any special occasion or for a fun homemade dessert recipe. It's a make-ahead recipe, which is great for those who are short on time. This gluten-free tiramisu recipe is sure to become your new favourite gluten-free dessert. With this recipe, you can enjoy the traditional taste of tiramisu without any gluten and eggs.
Check out my blog for more delicious and easy-to-make gluten-free dessert recipes like The Best EASY Gluten Free Blondies, Healthy & Delicious Avocado Chocolate Truffles, and Gluten-free Andes Mint Crumbl Cookie Recipe.
Why You'll Love This Gluten Free Tiramisu Recipe
- This gluten-free tiramisu recipe uses gluten-free ladyfingers, making it a suitable option for those with gluten sensitivities, but still provides the classic taste of tiramisu.
- Unlike traditional tiramisu, it doesn't use any egg mixture, making it a safer option to enjoy.
- This recipe is perfect for dinner parties and special occasions. It's easy to make and sure to please all guests.
- It's a recipe for gluten-free dessert option, perfect for accommodating gluten-free guests and make them feel included.
- It's a delicious, creamy and satisfying dessert that will please everyone, gluten-free or not. It's a classic that can be enjoyed by anyone.
What is Tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a classic Italian dessert that is made with layers of sponge or ladyfingers, soaked in a mixture of coffee or espresso and typically fortified wine or liqueur. The sponge layer is then layered with a rich cream mixture that is traditionally made with eggs yolks, sugar and mascarpone cheese, and often whipped egg whites or heavy cream. The dessert is then topped with a layer of cocoa powder and sometimes grated chocolate.
It's a dessert that has a perfect balance of flavor between the strong coffee or espresso, the cocoa powder and the sweetness of the cream. The texture is creamy and velvety, with the sponge layer providing a nice balance of texture and moisture. The egg whites and heavy cream are usually added to make the cream layer lighter and airy. The end result is a perfect harmony of flavors and textures that make it a classic and popular dessert.
Is traditional tiramisu gluten free?
Traditional tiramisu is not gluten-free. The main ingredient of traditional tiramisu is the ladyfingers which are often made with wheat flour, making it not suitable for those with gluten sensitivities. Additionally, many traditional tiramisu recipes also include liqueurs such as Marsala wine, which is not always gluten free. While the main ingredients, such as mascarpone cheese and heavy cream, are naturally gluten-free, the ladyfingers and some liqueurs used in the traditional recipe are not gluten-free.
While there are variations of tiramisu with cocoa powder, that are gluten-free but still don't match the traditional recipe as it's hard to find gluten-free ladyfingers or make them at home, making the process of creating a tiramisu that has the same texture and flavor as a traditional one, is a bit complicated. So most of the times, traditional tiramisu is not a plain gluten-free option, this is why I offer a recipe that it's gluten-free and still has the traditional taste and texture of tiramisu.
Does tiramisu have eggs?
Yes, traditional tiramisu does have eggs. More specifically, it is made with a mixture of egg yolks and sugar, which is then combined with mascarpone cheese to make the creamy filling. This recipe does not use any eggs which makes it easier to make and safer to consume. Instead of egg yolks and sugar, this recipe uses heavy cream and sugar which gives the same rich and creamy texture without the use of eggs.
This recipe is also a safer option to consume, as traditional tiramisu is made with raw egg yolks which can be harmful if consumed by some people, especially children, pregnant women, elderly and people with weaker immune systems. Also, since this recipe does not use eggs, it eliminates the need to worry about the freshness or quality of the eggs used in the recipe.
Additionally, the absence of eggs in this recipe, makes it a great option for people who have egg allergies, who can't consume egg or for those who prefer not to use them in their cooking.
Do you bake tiramisu in the oven?
No, traditionally Italian tiramisu is not baked in the oven. It is a chilled, layered dessert made with espresso or coffee-soaked ladyfingers (savoiardi) or sponge cake, and a rich filling of mascarpone cheese, heavy cream and sugar or egg yolks (depending on the recipe). The filling is often flavored with liquor and/or vanilla and is layered with the soaked ladyfingers or sponge cake in a dish. The top is dusted with cocoa powder or grated chocolate before being chilled in the refrigerator. The chilled dessert is typically served cold and does not require baking in the oven.
What to know about mascarpone cheese
Mascarpone is a type of Italian cheese that is often used in Italian cooking, particularly in the making of desserts such as tiramisu. Here are a few things to know about mascarpone cheese:
- Mascarpone is a soft, creamy and spreadable cheese that is made from cream. It has a rich and buttery texture, with a subtle and slightly sweet flavor.
- It's a key ingredient in many Italian desserts such as tiramisu, cannoli, and panna cotta.
- It can also be used in savory dishes, such as risotto, pasta sauces, and meat dishes to provide a rich and creamy texture.
- Unlike many other Italian cheeses, mascarpone is not aged and should be consumed within a few weeks of opening. Therefore it's important to check the expiration date before using it.
- It's high in fat and calories, but its rich and creamy texture makes it an ideal addition to many desserts.
- In comparison to cream cheese, it has less tang and more delicate flavor. When using it in recipes, it should be at room temperature and stir it gently if it's too thick, this will make it easier to mix it with other ingredients.
It's important to use the real Italian mascarpone cheese and not imitation ones, as they can be made from cream, cream cheese, and other ingredients that can impact the texture, flavor and stability of the final dish.
You can find mascarpone cheese in most supermarkets and specialty stores, or you can also find it online. It's best to look for high-quality, authentic Italian mascarpone cheese for best results in your recipes.
Where to Find Gluten Free Lady Fingers
There are several options for where to find gluten-free ladyfingers, depending on your location. Some grocery stores, health food stores, and specialty stores may carry gluten-free ladyfingers. You can also look for gluten-free ladyfingers online, a popular option is Schar's Gluten Free Ladyfingers which are available on Amazon. They are perfect for this recipe and will give you the same texture and taste as the traditional ladyfingers.
Schar's gluten-free ladyfingers are perfect for making tiramisu with cocoa powder and creamy tiramisu. They are made with rice flour and are gluten-free, which makes it perfect for those with gluten sensitivities. They are also available in different sizes, perfect for different portions or sizes of dishes. The texture and taste of these ladyfingers is similar to the traditional ladyfingers which makes them an ideal replacement in this recipe, providing a great alternative that can be enjoyed by everyone.
This gluten-free tiramisu recipe calls for a few key ingredients that come together to create the classic flavor and texture of this beloved Italian dessert. Here is a complete list of the ingredients and their function in the recipe:
- Granulated sugar: Used to sweeten the whipped cream and mascarpone filling.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder: Used to dust the top of the tiramisu for a chocolate flavor and garnish.
- Heavy whipping cream: Used to make the whipped cream that makes up the majority of the filling in the recipe.
- Mascarpone cheese: A key ingredient in tiramisu, it gives the recipe its creamy texture.
- Gluten-free ladyfingers: Used to make the layers of the tiramisu, these ladyfingers are soaked in a mixture of coffee or espresso. I use schar's gluten free ladyfingers.
- Instant coffee: Used to make the coffee mixture to dip the ladyfingers.
- Almond extract: Gives a nice complementing flavor to the tiramisu.
All these ingredients come together to create a delicious and classic tiramisu that is gluten-free and easy to make at home. The granulated sugar, the unsweetened cocoa powder, the heavy whipping cream and the instant coffee are key ingredients to create the perfect balance of sweet, bitter and acidity in the dessert. The dusting of cocoa powder gives the tiramisu a nice and attractive garnish, and the almond extract gives a nice complementing flavor that differentiates it from traditional recipe.
- In a mixing bowl, combine sugar and dry ingredients
- In a separate mixing bowl, use a beater attachment to beat the heavy cream until you reach soft peaks
- Gradually add sugar mixture to the heavy cream and continue to beat until stiff peaks form.
- In a separate mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese and almond extract until smooth.
- Gently fold the mascarpone mixture into the whipped cream mixture.
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- Generously dust the cocoa powder on the tray.
- Brew the coffee mixture and set it aside to cool.
- Dip the ladyfingers in the coffee mixture and place them on the baking tray.
- Spread half of the cream mixture over the ladyfingers.
- Repeat the layers of ladyfingers, coffee mixture and cream mixture.
- Generously dust cocoa powder over the top of the tiramisu.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
Enjoy your homemade gluten-free tiramisu, it's perfect for special occasions and dinner parties, a make-ahead dessert that will please everyone.
Expert Tips for the Best Gluten Free Tiramisu
- One expert tip for making tiramisu is to ensure that the mascarpone mixture is at room temperature before folding it into the whipped cream. This will make it easier to combine the ingredients and will result in a smoother, creamier final product.
- Another tip is to be gentle when layering the ladyfingers, as they can be fragile and break easily. Dip them quickly in the coffee mixture and place them gently in the dish, to keep the ladyfingers moist but not soggy.
- A good ratio of ladyfingers, coffee and mascarpone cream is key to get the perfect balance of flavors and textures. A good balance of these three ingredients will make a big difference.
- When spreading the cream mixture over the ladyfingers, make sure that the mixture is spread evenly, to ensure that each serving of tiramisu has an equal amount of mascarpone cream.
- Using a quality mascarpone cheese is key for a delicious tiramisu. A creamy mascarpone will give you a richer and smoother texture in comparison to a lower quality one.
- Whipping the heavy cream to firm peaks will create a richer cream, and make it easier to spread the cream mixture evenly.
- If you want to add an extra layer of flavor, consider adding a liqueur such as Amaretto, Frangelico or Kahlua to the coffee mixture. This will give the tiramisu an extra kick of flavor.
- Before serving, let the tiramisu stand at room temperature for a few minutes, This will allow the flavors to meld together and make it easier to cut and serve.
- Finally, consider dusting cocoa powder or grated chocolate for a nice finish, this will make the tiramisu more attractive and add a nice layer of flavor.
Can I make gluten free tiramisu vegan?
- One way to make tiramisu vegan is to use coconut cream as a replacement for heavy cream. You can either use canned coconut cream or make your own by blending chilled full-fat coconut milk until it forms a thick cream.
- Another option is to use a store-bought vegan cream cheese or mascarpone as a replacement for traditional mascarpone cheese.
- To replace the eggs in a traditional recipe, you can use silken tofu as a thickener for the coconut cream. Simply blend silken tofu with sugar, vanilla extract, and your desired liqueur, if you want to use one.
- One variation of tiramisu is to use an espresso mixture instead of plain coffee for dipping the ladyfingers. This adds a stronger coffee flavor to the dessert.
- Another variation is to use cream cheese in place of mascarpone cheese. This can be either traditional Italian mascarpone or American cream cheese.
- A variation that adds a tangy flavor is to use sour cream in the place of mascarpone cheese.
- Some recipe calls for double cream as a replacement to heavy cream, this will make the recipe creamier, and rich in texture.
- Another popular variation is to use coconut cream as a replacement for the heavy cream, this will give the recipe a nice tropical touch, and will be dairy-free.
- Some recipes call to add liqueurs such as amaretto, kahlua or frangelico to the coffee mixture to give the tiramisu an extra kick of flavor.
- Some variations also call for the use of fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, or mangoes, to add a touch of freshness and sweetness to the dish.
- Another variation is to add nuts, such as chopped hazelnuts or almonds to the layers of ladyfingers to add a crunchy texture.
- Some variation call for chocolate shavings to be added to the top of the tiramisu for a nice chocolate touch.
The list can go on and on, but the beauty of tiramisu is that it is a very versatile recipe and you can personalize it as you like. Feel free to experiment with different variations and ingredients to create your own unique version of this classic Italian dessert.
- If you don't have access to espresso, you can use an espresso mixture or strong brewed coffee as a substitute.
- Vanilla extract or almond extract can be substituted with vanilla bean paste, which will give a more potent vanilla flavor.
- For a decaffeinated version, you can use decaffeinated coffee or decaffeinated espresso.
- Instead of ladyfingers, you can use gluten-free sponge cake to make this recipe gluten-free.
- Instead of granulated sugar, you can use powdered sugar for a smoother texture.
- Coconut cream can be substituted for heavy cream, this will make the recipe dairy-free and will give a nice tropical touch to the dish.
- Double cream can be used as a substitution to mascarpone cheese, this will give a creamier and richer texture to the recipe.
- Use Bailey's Irish cream as an extra flavor in the cream mixture.
Overall, the key to ingredient substitutions is to choose ingredients that will mimic the texture and flavor of the traditional recipe as closely as possible. Be aware that ingredient substitutions may alter the taste and texture of the final dish, so you might need to adjust the recipe accordingly.
How to Serve Gluten Free Tiramisu
Serve tiramisu chilled. Garnish with a dusting of cocoa powder or grated chocolate.
- One way to serve tiramisu is by spooning it into individual glasses or cups and dusting the top with cocoa powder, grated chocolate or cocoa nibs.
- Another way is to slice it like a cake and serve it as a slice, you can also add a dollop of whipped cream or a layer of chocolate ganache to make it even more decadent.
- Another way is to serve it with a cup of hot chocolate.
- If you are gluten-free, you can serve it with gluten-free ladyfingers, too.
- To finish you can serve it with a shot of espresso or a cup of coffee, to enhance the coffee flavor in the dessert.
- Tiramisu is also a perfect dessert to prepare in advance, especially if you are hosting a dinner party, you can assemble the entire dish and store it in the fridge up to a day before.
Regardless of how you choose to serve it, tiramisu is an amazing dessert that will satisfy any sweet tooth and delight guests at any special occasion or dinner party.
Recommended Equipment for Gluten Free Tiramisu
To make this recipe, you will need the following equipment:
- A mixing bowl for the whipped cream and mascarpone cheese filling.
- An electric mixer with a beater attachment for whipping the cream and the mascarpone cheese.
- A flexible rubber spatula to fold the ingredients together.
- A shallow bowl for mixing the coffee mixture.
- A glass bowl to assemble the tiramisu in, or a baking tray covered with parchment paper.
- Plastic wrap to cover the bowl or tray before refrigerating the tiramisu.
- Measuring cups and spoons for measuring the ingredients
- Spatula for spreading the mascarpone cream.
- Whisk for whipping the cream
- A small spoon for spreading the coffee mixture on the ladyfingers.
- A sieve for dusting cocoa powder.
Store your gluten free tiramisu in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Here are some tips for storing it:
- Make sure to wrap the dish or bowl tightly with plastic wrap to prevent it from drying out or absorbing any odors from the refrigerator.
- Store it in an airtight container so it's not contaminated by other foods.
- If you have leftovers and can't finish the tiramisu within 3 days, you can also freeze it for up to a month, just make sure to wrap it very well in plastic wrap and then in foil, this will prevent the tiramisu from absorbing any odors or flavors from the freezer.
- When you're ready to serve the frozen tiramisu, take it out of the freezer and thaw it in the refrigerator overnight.
By following these simple storage tips, you'll be able to enjoy your delicious gluten-free tiramisu whenever you want!
You can make it dairy-free by using coconut cream or a store-bought vegan cream cheese instead of mascarpone cheese.
Yes, you can make your own ladyfingers using gluten-free flour.
It typically takes about 20 minutes to prepare and 4 hours to chill.
You can add liqueur such as amaretto, kahlua or frangelico to the coffee mixture to give it an extra kick of flavor.
Yes, you can assemble the entire dish and store it in the fridge for up to a day before serving.
You can use coconut cream or store-bought vegan whipped cream to substitute whipped cream.
The EASIEST Gluten Free Tiramisu Recipe
- 16 ounces heavy whipped cream
- 8 ounces marscapone cheese
- ¼ cup granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons almond extract
- 1 cup chilled espresso
- 1 package gluten-free ladyfingers I recommend Schar’s Gluten Free Lady Fingers
- ¼ cup dark cocoa powder
- Start by whipping the heavy cream, granulated sugar and almond extract until stiff peaks form.
- Mix in the mascarpone cheese with the whipped cream mixture, until smooth.
- Brew a cup of chilled espresso and use it to dip gluten-free ladyfingers, such as Schar's Gluten Free Ladyfingers, for a few seconds.
- Assemble the tiramisu by layering the coffee-dipped ladyfingers in the bottom of a medium-sized glass dish, then spreading a generous amount of the cream mixture on top. Repeat until all ingredients have been used.
- Dust the top with ¼ cup of dark cocoa powder.
- Refrigerate the tiramisu for at least 2 hours, or overnight for best results. Serve and enjoy!