Strawberry Tiramisu? Yes, please! Alessandra Aiello shares her Tiramisu ala fragola

How refreshing are strawberries in the summer? Now add them to tiramisu and you have an amazing summer dessert. ALessandra Aiello shares her simple yet delicious recipe, step by step with The Italian Grandmama.

When choosing strawberries, the best time is when they are fresh and local between April and August. Wash them just before using to prevent them from being soggy. If you do wash and slice them before serving, sprinkle them with sugar and cover in an airtight container. They make a wonderful dessert or snack just like that! Add a dollop of whipped cream and you’ve made them decadent!

To hull the strawberries, stick a straw through the bottom, push up and it pops out.

Strawberry Tiramisù

Tiramisù alla fragola

Ingredients

2 lbs of strawberries (900 grams)

2 cups water (480 ml)

1 2/3 cups plus a tablespoon sugar

1 lemon

2 cups heavy cream (480 ml)

1 lb mascarpone cheese (450 grams)

3 single packs of savoiardi

1/4 pound piece of white chocolate

1/4 cup Sweet liqueur (optional)

Use a pan or dish 10″ x 7″ x 3″

For the syrup

1 lb of strawberries

2 cups of water

1 cup of sugar

Zest of a lemon juice of a 1/2 lemon

In a medium sauce pan combine the strawberries, water, sugar and juice/zest of a lemon. Bring to a boil and lower heat to simmer for about 25 minutes. Skim the foam on top if needed. Strain in a colander and retain the syrup to cool. The strawberries can eaten over ice cream or yogurt.

Cut the rest of the strawberries retaining a few uncut to decorate. Add 1 tablespoon of sugar and the juice of 1/2 lemon. Set aside until ready to assemble.

For the cream

2 cups heavy whipping cream

1 lb of mascarpone cheese

2/3 cups of sugar divided

Add half of the sugar in the whipped cream and whip until stiff peaks form. In the mascarpone add the rest of the sugar and whip until soft and creamy. On low speed combine whipped cream to the mascarpone until light and fluffy. Now ready to assemble. Start by adding a thin layer of cream on the bottom. Now dip savoiardi one by one in the syrup and line them flat to create a layer. Add the cut up strawberries and shredded chocolate. Top with more cream. Again with dipped savoiardi and strawberries. Finish top layer with cream. Decorate with strawberries and grate chocolate on top. Enjoy!! #desserts

Optional tiramisu serving idea

To see the full recipe check out Alessandra’s video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KyGdvMqQmNM

Enjoy this summer sweetness! Share your favorite summer recipes with us at theitaliangrandmama@gmail.com.

Angela DiCicco, The Italian Grandmama

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