Move over pumpkin pie! The holiday season is in full swing and there’s nothing like combining two classics into one dish. Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu will give you all of the flavors of your favorite pumpkin pie but in the layered, creamy, and elegant form of tiramisu.
Tis the season for all things pumpkin, such as Pumpkin Basque Cheesecake. This Italian classic dessert, which literally translates to lift me up, will lift up the festivities of any holiday gathering.
This decadent and pillowy Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu is as easy to shop for as it is delicious. With just a handful of simple ingredients, this is sure to become a new family favorite.
- Lady Fingers – These Italian egg-based biscuits, sometimes called savoiardi, are slightly dry, low moisture cookies that make them ideal to quickly dip in liquid such as coffee.
- Heavy Cream – Helps make the cream layers light and airy.
- Mascarpone Cheese – This double, sometimes triple cream cheese is decadent and buttery. It originated from the Lombardy region of Northern Italy. It can be used in both sweet dishes such as this tiramisu, and also savory recipes.
- Powdered Sugar – Easily dissolves into the no-bake pumpkin cream filling.
- Pumpkin Puree – Not just for your pumpkin pies! This gives the delicate sweetness of pumpkin to every bite.
- Pumpkin Spice – Adds a warm combination of spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice to both the cream mixture and also the coffee.
- Coffee – A quick dip in coffee softens the lady fingers and perfumes the entire dish with the flavor of coffee.
- Cocoa Powder – This classic finishing touch is the perfect crown of flavor and color for tiramisu.
How to Make Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu
Not only is this pumpkin tiramisu an instant classic, but it also requires no baking. The hardest part of pulling this Italian dessert together is waiting for it to set up in the refrigerator overnight. This will allow the lady fingers to properly soften and all of the flavors to marry together.
Time needed: 8 hours
This elegant and effortless Italian classic is the perfect holiday treat and no-bake dessert.
Brew your coffee and allow it to chill. Pour the cooled coffee into a shallow dish and mix with half of the pumpkin spice. Have your 8×8 square or oval dish nearby.
Whip your heavy cream until light and fluffy with stiff peaks. This means that when you pull the mixer away it should hold its shape. In a separate bowl mix together the mascarpone cheese, sugar, pumpkin puree, and pumpkin spice. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture.
Quickly dip a lady finger into the coffee and arrange it into the bottom of the 8×8 dish. Continue until you have your first layer on the bottom of the pan. Spread half of the pumpkin-mascarpone mixture over the top. Build a second layer of dipped lady fingers, and then spread the remaining cream mixture over the top. Dust cocoa powder over the top of the pumpkin tiramisu.
This dessert needs to refrigerate overnight for the flavors to marry together and the lady fingers to soften. Once chilled, slice and enjoy!
Substitutions for Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu
If mascarpone cheese isn’t available, you can use cream cheese in this recipe. However, the flavor and texture will be slightly different. Cream cheese has more of a tang and less of a buttery flavor than mascarpone and is also denser.
This recipe can be made completely gluten free by replacing the lady fingers in this recipe with Gluten Free lady fingers.
- Mixer – Using a hand mixer helps the whipped cream portion come together quickly, as well as gives you the perfect creamy texture for the pumpkin mascarpone cream.
- Mixing Bowls – Medium sized bowls will work well for this recipe. To help your whipped cream come together faster, you can use a metal bowl that has been chilled in the freezer.
- 8×8 Casserole Dish – This tiramisu recipe fits into an 8×8 casserole dish. You can use a square or oval shape.
Because of the dairy in this dessert, Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu needs to be get refrigerated. Keep it covered tightly with plastic wrap and it will keep for 3-5 days…if it lasts that long!
Top Tip for Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu
There is technique in the lady finger dip. Don’t allow your lady fingers to soak in the coffee; just dip them quickly. They will continue to fully absorb the coffee but if submerged too long will become soggy.
Spiced Pumpkin Tiramisu
- 1 mixer
- 2 mixing bowls
- 1 8×8 casserole dish
- 7 oz Lady Fingers
- 2 cups heavy cream
- 8 oz mascarpone cheese, room temperature
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 tsp pumpkin spice, divided
- 2 cups freshly brewed coffee, cooled
- cocoa powder
- Pour your cooled coffee into a shallow dish and whisk in 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice.
- Whip your heavy cream until it forms stiff peaks. Set aside.
- Add your mascarpone cheese, pumpkin puree, sugar, and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice to a separate bowl. Mix together until smooth and creamy.
- Fold the whipped cream into the pumpkin-mascarpone cream.
- Dip a lady finger into the coffee and layer into the bottom of an 8×8 casserole dish. Continue dipping lady fingers until the entire bottom of the pan is filled.
- Spread half of the pumpkin-cream mixture over the lady fingers.
- Build another layer of dipped lady fingers on top of the pumpkin cream.
- Spread the remaining cream mixture over the top.
- Dust the cocoa powder over the top of the pumpkin tiramisu.
- Allow the tiramisu to refrigerate overnight to set up.
- Slice and enjoy!