This is one of Asi’s favorite desserts, tiramisu. She likes tiramisu so much, she even asked for tiramisu for her birthday treat rather than the traditional birthday cake. Every so often when we just have a craving for something sweet and creamy, we also make tiramisu without needing an occasion for an excuse. This strawberry tiramisu came about because we wanted to use up some last-of-the-season strawberries. We adapted this from a Strawberry Tiramisuwe found from Best of the Best from Colorado by Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley who spent 22 years combing the country for the best recipes and have compiled them in the Best of the Best Series of cookbooks.
16 oz. mascarpone cheese at room temperature
1 pint heavy cream
1 & 1/2 pint strawberries, rinsed & hulled
3 Tablespoons confectioners sugar
1/3 cup orange juice
3 Tablespoons orange flavored liqueur
24 lady fingers
In a medium bowl, whisk mascarpone cheese, confectioners sugar, and one tablespoon of the orange liqueur until well blended. In large chilled bowl with electric mixer at medium speed, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form; gently fold whipped cream into mascarpone mixture until blended. In blender or food processor, blend together remaining liqueur, the strawberries, granulated sugar, and orange juice to a smooth puree. Pour strawberry mixture into shallow bowl.
Dip half the lady fingers in the strawberry mixture to coat; arrange in a 9 inch square glass dish, side-by-side in 2 rows. Spread 1/2 cup of the strawberry mixture evely over the lady fingers. Spread 1/2 of the cream mixture on top. Repeat the layers with the remaining lady fingers, strawberry mixture, and again ending with the cream on top. Smooth the to top, cover with a plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight (this is the hardest part, the waiting).
We usually go for a walk at this point to assuage the guilt or take a nap or blog. Anything to while 8 hours away.
When you are ready to dig in, you can eat as is or you can dust each serving with cocoa powder and top with additional slices of strawberry.