Saffron Tiramisu

Tiramisu Ever since my sisterO gifted me with a potful of saffron and given my love of tiramisu, I had been fantasizing about Rowena’s Tiramisu allo Zafferano. I’m actually starting on a new quest of trying out all the versions of tiramisu there is. I found out recently that the ubiquitous ice box cake in the south is a close cousin to the trendy tiramisu. This, our first attempt at tiramisu, was delicious! Rowena said this serves 8-10. LOL! I had to laugh at that, there’s only five of us, and we finished three fourths of this bowl in one sitting. It was that good!


The recipe below is just as it appeared on Rowena’s blog, I just changed some the ingredients based on what I used:

2 egg yolks
3 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 packet italian saffron powder dissolved in 1 tablespoon hot milk (1/16th teaspoon)
8 oz. mascarpone
1 cup heavy whipping cream
3-4 tablespoons powdered sugar
3 packages ladyfinger cookies
Strong coffee, cooled (I used instant espresso)
Dark cocoa powder or chocolate curls to garnish
One 8×12-inch baking pan/dish or trifle bowl like I did
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1. In a small stainless steel bowl, constantly whisk together the egg yolks and sugar over simmering water until very hot to the touch. Transfer to a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until thick and pale yellow in color. Fold in the dissolved saffron powder. Now carefully incorporate the mascarpone until thoroughly mixed.2. Whip the heavy cream and powdered sugar in another bowl just until the peaks retain their shape when beaters are lifted. Take care to avoid overbeating the cream into butter! Gently fold this whipped cream into the saffron-mascarpone mixture.

3. Dip and briefly soak the ladyfingers in coffee and form a single layer in the pan. Evenly spread with half of the saffron-mascarpone mixture; repeat these layering steps once more. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and refrigerate for atleast 3-4 hours.

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7 comments on “Saffron Tiramisu
  1. CES says:


  2. sha says:

    you know i have eaten all kinds of tiramisu but never w saffron
    a new discovery aha..

    may guest pa..

  3. ces says:

    thanks! i’m off to the grocery in awhile..hope i can find one!

  4. JMom says:

    Hi Ces, that’s next on my list is doing a tiramisu taste test 🙂 I’ll try making the other versions with substitutes next time. The mascarpone, I found in the gourmet cheese section of the grocery store. In this case, Kroger. But most large chains should carry them now. Aren’t you in NY? You should be able to find this easily. If you can’t find it at the regular grocery store, try an italian deli or market.

  5. ces says:

    hi jmom! love tiramisu..been doing my own easy little versions esp. when i have unexpected guests! now…the mascarpone..i have been looking for this for the longest time and i can’t find one in the supermarket here! can i ask for the brand name you use or packaging color at least or which supermarket do i have to go to[do i sound like a desperately-seeking-mascarpone]? lol! i want to make the real thing too! though the plain yoghurt-creme cheese-mixture is a very close substitute…thanks!!!i’ll try this recipe! now…saffron…lol!

  6. JMom says:

    Hi Rowena! This was sooo good, it was gone the next day. I didn’t even get a second helping, the girls ate it up as soon as they got home from school.

    I will definitely post it here when I make something else with saffron. I’ve been contemplating paella, but I really want to try something else new to use my precious little packets on 😉

  7. rowena says:

    LOL! You finished 3/4ths in one sitting????!!! Now that is what I call a very hearty appetite. I haven’t made tiramisu in..ages.

    Now, if you do make anything else with saffron please post about it. I still have lots of the stuff to use up.

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