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A Family Friendly Tiramisu With No Raw Egg or Alcohol

A Family Friendly Tiramisu With No Raw Egg or Alcohol

I remember the day so well, full of excitement at being able to indulge myself guilt free for 7 whole months while my first baby grew excitedly in my tummy. Browsing the aisles for a pudding to wash down the curry I constantly craved. Against all advice I was eating for two whether I liked it or not, this baby boy was sending my taste buds into overdrive with mustard, curry and tiramisu.

So here I was with a visually perfect delight of mascarpone, Irish cream and coffee sat in my trolly. My first of many and a pudding which I would never tire of. Unfortunately guilt got the better of me and as much as the pregnancy books said a glass or two of alcohol would be fine (this was 16 years ago), finding out that the ingredients included raw egg, it soon became a big no-no. So I searched and perfected  a recipe which didn’t require either and my indulgence continued..

Over the years it has come in handy many times over making it a family, as well as expectant mum friendly version, or as in my husbands case,  for someone just not that keen on Irish cream.

I’m sharing my alcohol and raw free free tiramisu recipe below, should you be wondering by now what it consists of. You can add Irish cream if you really aren’t too worried about adding alcohol or switch to caffeinated coffee, after all, it was once intended as a pick me up cake by the residents of Treviso (which is also where Prosecco is produced, giving it another valid reason for a visit!)

But if you want a truly family friendly version stick with the ingredients below.


An alcohol and egg free recipe for tiramisu


  • 3/4 cup double cream
  • 1 cup of  mascarpone at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 300ml strong decaffeinated coffee, made with 2 tbsp coffee granules and 300ml boiling water
  • 175g pack sponge fingers
  • 2 tsp cocoa powder
  • optional; chocolate curls
 An alcohol and egg free recipe for tiramisu
  1. In a small bowl, combine hot coffee, 2 tablespoons sugar. Mix until sugar dissolves. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk mascarpone vigorously by hand until creamy and smooth then fold in vanilla extract
  3. Whisk together double cream and sugar using an electric mixer until stiff peaks form. Fold whipping cream into mascarpone in 2 additions until mixture is smooth.
  4. Dip the sponge fingers into the coffee and line them in one layer in individual glasses or an 8″ dish trifle dish.  Spoon half of the filling over the sponge fingers and smooth the top. Repeat with a second layer of coffee-dipped sponge fingers, then with the rest of the cream.  Use the back of the spoon to tap gently to make small peaks.
  5. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, it will keep for up to 2 days, just check there’s enough use by date on the cream.
  6. Serve cold. Right before serving, dust the top with cocoa powder or chocolate curls.

An alcohol and egg free recipe for tiramisu

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  1. 17th February 2016 / 7:39 am

    I’ve often made tiramisu for other people but I’ve never eaten myself as I don’t like alcohol or coffee! I might try this by swapping the coffee for hot chocolate.

    • 17th February 2016 / 8:16 am

      That is such a good idea! I think my boys would love the idea of a chocolate based tiramisu rather than coffee. It’s a great recipe to do if you’re not sure if you’re not sure if your guests are pregnant! (always a concern when you’re all at the baby making age)

  2. 17th February 2016 / 7:42 am

    Wow, that looks amazing Ali! I must say, I would never have thought of replacing the raw egg in tiramisu at all. The alcohol I can do without but I have to ask, how does it compare to the original thing? Do you miss the other two ingredients when making this or is it just as delectable without? I may have to try this soon! xx

    • 17th February 2016 / 8:13 am

      Not at all Nadia, I find it actually tastes better the following day and I tend to prefer it more knowing that there’s no danger of salmonella. My children prefer it as it doesn’t have the sharpness of the alcohol too.

  3. Georgina prince
    17th February 2016 / 10:23 am

    I have never been a great lover of anything with coffee in it, i just can’t adjust my taste buds to the grown up taste of coffee it would appear lol although the trip to Italy still sounds wonderful haha I was exactly the same when i was pregnant with my first though all i wanted was spice and curry!

    • 17th February 2016 / 6:28 pm

      I would love to see how different it is from anything I’ve tried so far. I know its a long way to travel just for a pudding and glass of Prosecco but sometimes its nice to have a real purpose for a holiday. Someone has commented about trying this with hot chocolate instead which sounds very tempting!

  4. 17th February 2016 / 2:52 pm

    yes yes yes this looks and sounds totally amazing so much so I am going to give it a try at the weekend

    • 17th February 2016 / 6:29 pm

      Thanks Emma, I doubled up the recipe this time as the kids have upped their appetites! Hope you and yours enjoy it as much as we do.

  5. 17th February 2016 / 3:49 pm

    Tiramusu is my favourite desert but because I don’t drink I have been looking for an alcohol free version that dosen’t taste wack. This looks great!

    • 17th February 2016 / 6:21 pm

      Its hard trying to find alternatives to desserts which contain alcohol but i do feel I’ve cracked it with this one at long last

  6. 17th February 2016 / 4:51 pm

    This looks fab Ali! Particularly as one of my boys is allergic to egg, so this would be a fantastic alternative for him! 🙂 It’s lovely to read everyone’s entries to the Mark Warner programme — good luck to you!! Fingers crossed!

    • 19th February 2016 / 8:53 pm

      It would make a perfect treat for him if he doesn’t mind the coffee. My pre teen has only just started to join in and eat it now. I actually preferred it when he didn’t so I didn’t have to share!

  7. Angela at Daysinbed
    17th February 2016 / 7:59 pm

    I have to confess I’ve never tried this dessert before. It sounds tasty and Italy sounds even better. i would like to visit Italy too! Angela x

    • 17th February 2016 / 8:04 pm

      I’m quite taken with alot of the Mediterranean diet I don’t think I’d have any trouble deciding what to eat there and the gorgeous Italian scenery would be the perfect place to sample it!

  8. 17th February 2016 / 8:19 pm

    I have had tiramisu a few times and loved it but never thought of making a family friendly one myself. Hope you make it to Italy soon

    • 19th February 2016 / 8:50 pm

      Thanks Anosa. it was always a Christmas dessert for me but now it’s just a treat every now and then.

      • Miranda (Anosa)
        21st February 2016 / 3:44 pm

        And a wonderful treat at that.

  9. 17th February 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Tiramisu is a desperately unfair thing for me. My mother in law makes, I’m told, an amazing tiramisu and everyone raves about it. It’s universally adored. I can’t take coffee in cakes though, so my fussiness is causing me to lose out on these wonders. Maybe in the next life I’ll be born with taste buds that can appreciate such delicacies!

    • 19th February 2016 / 8:49 pm

      oh no, I won’t tell you how much you’re missing out! Some other readers have mentioned swapping the coffee for cocoa. Maybe you could do that so you’ve sampled something as close as possible to say you’ve tried it!

    • 19th February 2016 / 8:47 pm

      I’ll be making up another batch next week, this lot went down way too quickly!

  10. 18th February 2016 / 1:43 am

    I’ve often made tiramisu for friends, and even family but I’ve never actually had it myself as I hate the taste of coffee. Maybe I can substitute coffee for cocoa powder. x

    • 18th February 2016 / 6:27 am

      That’s a wonderful idea, equally bitter like coffee and would counter the sweetness of the cream filling. Might even try it my self!

  11. 18th February 2016 / 6:48 am

    I just can’t do coffee in cakes and desserts (although like it as a drink!) but I have to say this looks delicious! A lovely idea for a dinner party where you have a pregnant guest, especially as you can use decaf. Thank you for sharing x

    • 18th February 2016 / 10:38 pm

      That’s the perfect situation to make one for as it shows you’ve really thought about your guests.

  12. 18th February 2016 / 2:09 pm

    This looks amazing! my husband loves tiramisu so may have to give this a go – although he might frown when I tell him it’s alcohol free :p

  13. 18th February 2016 / 6:48 pm

    I do love tiramisu but not sure I want a family friendly version ;0) – we are going to Italy in August and cannot wait to try the real thing!

    • 18th February 2016 / 10:37 pm

      How amazing, I can image it is totally different to anything over here. I won’t be making a family friendly version forever mind!

  14. 18th February 2016 / 9:41 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious – I bet it tastes wonderful too. I am useless at anything like this! Kaz x

    • 18th February 2016 / 10:36 pm

      its really easy to make, I don’t have time for anything too demanding!

  15. 19th February 2016 / 1:01 am

    This looks great. Hubby loves tiramisu so I’ll have to give this a go. Good luck with the entry x

  16. 19th February 2016 / 1:03 am

    This sounds and looks delicious, I will definitely be making this for the children

    • 19th February 2016 / 3:55 am

      My kids love it, that’s why I like to make it in separate dishes so it’s shared fairly

  17. 19th February 2016 / 5:24 pm

    I love you for posting this! I have always liked the idea of tiramisu because I love coffee flavoured desserts but the alcohol is always too much for me, I think it spoils it so this is perfect!

    • 19th February 2016 / 8:21 pm

      You’re most welcome, I do prefer without the alcohol most of the time. (just Christmas when I can’t resist a drop of Baileys in it)

  18. 19th February 2016 / 6:34 pm

    The food alone is one reason that I absolutely love visiting countries along the Mediterranean, everything is just so beautiful too. Wishing you lots of luck x

    • 19th February 2016 / 8:23 pm

      Its always nicer to taste foreign food in the country in which it originates isn’t it, I don’t think you can ever truly replicate it though.

  19. 22nd February 2016 / 10:20 am

    I love tiramisu and this sounds like such an easy to make yet flavoursome version. Good luck with your Mark Warner application!xx

    • 22nd February 2016 / 1:03 pm

      Its just as tasty as the real thing I promise. (thank you x)

  20. 22nd February 2016 / 2:30 pm

    I do love a tiramisu but just cannot take a chance with raw egg white. The alcohol on the other hand, I have no problem with! Good luck with your application x

    • 23rd February 2016 / 8:47 pm

      Thanks Helen, I must admit, I’m quite fussy and the thought of eating something with raw egg does put me off which is another reason I prefer this recipe.

  21. 24th February 2016 / 9:17 pm

    This looks like a very delicious recipe indeed. Good luck with your fantastic entry xx

    • 25th February 2016 / 3:13 pm

      Thanks Tanita, it’s such an easy dessert to make but tastes Devine

  22. 24th February 2016 / 9:34 pm

    I’ve never ever tried tiramisu! I definitely need to add it to the list of things to make and try. I don’t blame you for fancying the real thing in Italy! Desert and holiday? Who can argue? ????

    • 25th February 2016 / 3:12 pm

      It’s the perfect combination isn’t it Ami! I can’t believe you’ve never tried tiramisu, you must give it a go, I think you either life it or hate it but you won’t know until you try.

  23. 26th February 2016 / 1:44 pm

    I didn’t know it had raw egg in! #lazybaker I just buy desserts normally. I can cook any savoury..but when it’s a sweet food I’m awful!

  24. 26th February 2016 / 4:04 pm

    This looks amazing! I love that it’s great for all the family as my son often wants to tiramisu when we’re out and I try and find a tiny non- alcoholic bit for him!!!

  25. Lisa (Travel Loving Family)
    26th February 2016 / 8:25 pm

    This looks absolutely delicious! Although I have to be completely honest, I think I would prefer it with alcohol;)

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