Every kid has their favorites, favorite movie, favorite book, a favorite TV show. I don’t recall a lot of my favorite things when I was young but I do remember my top sweet: tiramisu. I loved how the layers of coffee, cream and ladyfingers were a perfect marriage. Although it is a very heavy dessert, the light texture makes it easy to eat an entire slice (which I admit can be dangerous!). Today, I wanted to indulge in this dessert but decided to incorporate some bright flavors. Here is my version of the classic Italian sweet, strawberry rosewater tiramisu.

strawberry rosewater tiramisu
strawberry rosewater tiramisu

Serves 6


Strawberry rosewater tiramisu

5 hrTotal Time

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    Mascarpone cream
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 8 oz mascarpone
  • Strawberry rosewater compote
  • 3 cups strawberries, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp rosewater syrup
  • Whipped cream
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
  • Remaining ingredients
  • 3 oz ladyfingers
  • 1 lb fresh strawberries, sliced


  1. Prepare the mascarpone cream. Whisk together egg yolks with sugar in a medium saucepan. Add milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly. Continue to cook for 1 minute or until slightly thickened. Remove from heat and cool. Cover and chill for 1 hour. Mix mascarpone with custard.
  2. Prepare the strawberry rosewater compote. Combine strawberries, water, and syrup in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 5 minutes or until strawberries have softened and sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat. Add rosewater syrup. Let cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, make the whipped cream. Beat heavy cream with vanilla until stiff peaks form.
  4. Assemble tiramisu. Lay bottom of a 9x8 pan or individual trifle cups with lady's fingers. Drizzle strawberry rosewater compote on top. Spread half of the mascarpone cream followed by whipped cream. Lay sliced strawberries on top. Repeat layers finishing with more sliced strawberries. Cover and chill for at least 4 hours or until set. Serve.

**Helpful tips and common mistakes

The basic idea of tiramisu is still found in this dessert with layers of ladyfingers and mascarpone cream. Instead of coffee, strawberry rosewater compote is spread on the delicate cookies. Fresh strawberries are added into the mix to lighten up the tiramisu.

Start by preparing the mascarpone cream layer. Mascarpone is an Italian cream cheese; it is thick and creamy by itself. To lighten it up, make a custard base. Whisk together the egg yolks with sugar and milk over medium heat. If the flames are too high, the eggs can scramble resulting in a chunky custard.   Make sure to keep an eye on the mixture since it can boil over. Whisking constantly, cook the eggs until the custard has thickened.

mascarpone cream

Once cool, mix in the mascarpone cream. I can take a spoon and eat this mascarpone custard by itself.

Next, make the strawberry rosewater compote. If you want to take the shortcut, simply add rosewater syrup to prepared strawberry jam. Cook the strawberries with water and sugar to make the “sauce.” but don’t cook the mixture too long or the liquid will dissolve. It’s this liquid that will help moisten the ladyfingers and infuse the flavors into the cookies.

Prepare the whipped cream and now it’s time for the fun part, assembling the tiramisu. You can prepare one large strawberry rosewater tiramisu or individual ones like I did.

Start with the ladyfingers followed by the strawberry rosewater compote, mascarpone cream, whipped cream, and strawberries. Repeat. Chill the dessert for at least 4 hours to allow the dessert to set.

Are you ready for this? Grab a spoon and dig all the way to the bottom to get all of the layers. This strawberry rosewater tiramisu reminded me of an elegant English trifle. The creamy mascarpone with fresh berries and ladyfingers with strawberry rosewater was a party in my mouth.

Now if someone can bring me this tray of deliciousness every morning…

strawberry rosewater tiramisu


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