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Alcohol free tiramisu recipe: how to make tiramisu without alcohol

How to make alcohol free tiramisu: the perfect tiramisu recipe the whole family can enjoy

Tiramisu is one of the most classic Italian recipes and in its most traditional form it has a dash of liquor, usually Marsala.

However, you don’t need liquor to make a nice tiramisu and it is common for home made tiramisu recipes not to include it at all. This is the case for the recipe we use in my house too!

This is our alcohol-free tiramisu recipe.

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Alcohol Free Tiramisu Recipe

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

This is a delicious, alcohol free tiramisu recipe with all the taste of the classic recipe and none of the alcoholic content.


  • 250 gr savoiardi biscuits (ladyfingers)
  • 3 eggs, separated yolks and whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup mascarpone
  • 1 cup Coffee
  • Milk (to stain the coffee, less than a glass is enough
  • Dark cocoa to sprinkle on top


In a large bowl, mix the egg yolks and the sugar until they form a light colored, fluffy cream (you can do this by hand or by food mixer).

Add the mascarpone and fold it in until you obtain a smooth mixture. 

In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites until the make stiff peaks (use an electric mixed with whisk attachment for best results) and then very gently fold them into the main bowl. Your tiramisu cream is ready, now set aside and work on the biscuits.

Make espresso and let it cool, then add milk to taste.

Pour a small amount of room temperature milk+coffee in dish so that it coats the dish and gently place a lady finger horizontally in it, then take it immediately out and place it in your tiramisu tray.

This is a delicate moment: you want the lady finger to get in contact with the coffee but you don't want it to soak up so much of it to dissolve into a spongy mess! A quick tap in coffee is all it takes for the perfect result.

Do the same with more ladyfingers until they cover the bottom of the tray (one layer only) then use a large spoon to pour on top of them one layer of cream.

Smooth it out with a spoon, then repeat with a second layer of lady finger, and a second layer of cream. Smooth very well and sprinkle dark cocoa on top. Put in the fridge for 2 hours and serve cold.

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Marta Correale is an Italian mama of two. Born and raised in Rome, Marta has a passion for travel and especially enjoys showing off Italy to her kids, who are growing up to love it as much as she does! A classics graduate, teacher of Italian as a second language and family travel blogger, Marta launched Mama Loves Italy as a way to inspire, support and help curious visitors to make the most of a trip to Italy and learn about Italian culture on the way.

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