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Raspberry Tiramisu–Perfect for the Holidays!

Everyone knows I love all things Italian, but here’s a confession. I’ve never been a big fan of Italian desserts. I thought they were either too wet (rum cakes) or too dry (biscotti).  But all that changed last week when I was planning an “authentic Italian dinner party” and found Giada De Laurentis’ recipe for raspberry tiramisu.

It was love at first bite! And it’s so easy to make. The hardest part is waiting for the mascarpone to reach room temperature. But make sure you wait otherwise it will be difficult to stir in the Grand Marnier. 

My dinner party was a huge hit and I found an Italian dessert recipe I’ll make again and again. So here it is…slightly modified from the original…just in time for the holidays.


  • 2 cups seedless raspberry jam
  • 10 TBS Grand Marnier
  • 1 1/2 lbs. mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 28-30 soft lady fingers (it will depend on the size of your bowl)
  • 2-3 baskets fresh raspberries
  • powdered sugar, for serving

Stir the jam and 6 TBS of Grand Marnier in a bowl to blend.

Using a spoon combine 4 TBS of Grand Marnier and the mascarpone in a large bowl. Make sure the bowl is large because you will be adding the whipped cream to this bowl.

Beat the whipped cream, sugar and vanilla until it forms soft peaks. You can also use a hand held mixer.

Fold in 1/4 of the whipped cream with a rubber spatula then gently fold in the rest. You want to keep it light and fluffy, so don’t overwork it.

Now you’ll begin the layering process. Line the bottom of the bowl with ladyfingers and cover with jam.

Add a layer of whipped cream/mascarpone mixture and cover with fresh raspberries. Be careful to keep the sides of the bowl clean for a nice presentation when you’re done. 

Repeat layering with ladyfingers, jam mixture, whipped cream mixture and fresh berries.

Cover and refrigerate overnight. Dust with powdered sugar just before serving.

No one ever said you had to have Pumpkin Pie on Thanksgiving. Surprise your friends and family with this treat. Just look at it…pretty enough to be the centerpiece!

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2 replies

  1. I would have never thought of tiramisu for Thanksgiving, you might have changed my mind, yours looks yummy. I should never read your blogs before dinner….Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Looks Great!Gooble-Gooble-GoobleIs Jake coming home for the holiday or is he going to be eating New Orleans Thanksgiving with Oyster dressing?Mark

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