Matcha Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

Strawberry matcha tiramisu
Strawberry matcha tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Trends come and go, but tiramisu has remained a staple on restaurant menus through the years for good reason -- it's delicious! Deep, rich, and full of creamy, softly moist textures, eating this custardy layered dessert is more than just satisfying -- it's an experience, albeit a somewhat outdated one. If you're looking to give new life to this old favorite, a bright, summery twist in the form of matcha strawberry tiramisu may just be the answer.

To make matcha strawberry tiramisu, a quick white chocolate ganache is whipped until lightened with heavy cream and mascarpone. This decadent cream contrasts with the bright tanginess of macerated strawberries layered into the tiramisu, and with the grassy depth of matcha green tea powder used to soak the crisp ladyfinger cookies. As the tiramisu chills, it softens, with differing textures and flavors melding together. It's a perfectly balanced dessert -- light but rich, tangy and sweet, earthy and bright.

While it's hard to imagine this dessert getting any better, it also happens to come together quickly and easily with just 35 minutes of prep time, thanks to the whipped filling and use of store-bought ladyfingers. Recipe developer Katie Rosenhouse tells us, "This dessert is sophisticated and impressive, but deceptively easy to throw together at a moment's notice. It's a great option for a spring or summer dinner party."

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Gather The Ingredients For Matcha Strawberry Tiramisu

Ingredients for strawberry matcha tiramisu
Ingredients for strawberry matcha tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

To make this summery dessert, a culinary-grade green tea powder is dissolved into a syrup made with water and sugar and brushed over chopped ladyfingers to add an earthy flavor and rich color to the cookies. Store-bought ladyfingers are a great shortcut here, although you can also make your own, if preferred, or swap with leftover cubes of vanilla or lemon pound cake or crumbled shortbread cookies for a unique twist. Fresh sliced strawberries add a sophisticated touch as they line the serving glasses. Additional strawberries are macerated in sugar and lemon juice for a punchy, tangy flavor that contrasts the creaminess of a whipped mascarpone cream. To make this cream, a ganache made with heavy cream and white chocolate is whipped until light and fluffy, with mascarpone added for stability and richness, vanilla for depth, and a hint of salt to balance the sweetness. You can also add rum in the place of the vanilla for additional complexity and a boozy twist.

If preferred, you can swap the strawberries with any other fresh fruits, including other types of berries or ripe summer peaches, and the mascarpone with softened cream cheese or crème fraîche for an untraditional, but tangy and delicious result.

Step 1: Prepare The Ganache

Cream and white chocolate in a pot
Cream and white chocolate in a pot - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

In a small pot, whisk ⅔ cup heavy cream and white chocolate over low heat until melted.

Step 2: Chill The Ganache

White chocolate mixture in mixing bowl
White chocolate mixture in mixing bowl - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Transfer the white chocolate mixture to the bowl of a stand mixer and refrigerate for at least 15 minutes or until cool to the touch.

Step 3: Prepare The Matcha Soak

Green tea syrup
Green tea syrup - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

In the meantime, whisk to combine the boiling water with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar and 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder. Set aside.

Step 4: Macerate The Strawberries

Diced strawberries in a bowl
Diced strawberries in a bowl - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Stem and dice 4 large or 5 small strawberries. Stir to combine with remaining 1 tablespoon sugar and the lemon juice. Set aside.

Step 5: Line The Glasses

Sliced strawberries lining glasses
Sliced strawberries lining glasses - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Thinly slice 4 or 5 strawberries, reserving at least 3 strawberries for garnishing, and use the sliced strawberries to line 6 12-ounce tumblers. Set aside.

Step 6: Cut The Ladyfingers

Chopped ladyfinger cookies
Chopped ladyfinger cookies - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Cut the ladyfingers into small pieces (about ¾-inch). Set aside.

Step 7: Whip The Cream

Soft whipped cream
Soft whipped cream - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

To the cooled white chocolate mixture, add the remaining 1 ⅓ cups heavy cream, kosher salt, and vanilla or rum. Use a whisk attachment to whip to soft peaks.

Step 8: Add The Mascarpone

Whipped mascarpone cream
Whipped mascarpone cream - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Add the mascarpone and whip to stiff peaks.

Step 9: Transfer To A Piping Bag

Whipped mascarpone cream in piping bag
Whipped mascarpone cream in piping bag - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Transfer to a piping bag fitted with a medium round tip.

Step 10: Pipe Cream Into Glasses

Piped cream in glasses
Piped cream in glasses - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Pipe a layer of mascarpone cream into the bottom of each glass.

Step 11: Top With Ladyfingers

Building strawberry matcha tiramisu
Building strawberry matcha tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Top with 5 or 6 pieces of ladyfinger cookies.

Step 12: Soak The Cookies With Green Tea

Soaking ladyfingers with green tea syrup
Soaking ladyfingers with green tea syrup - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Brush or drizzle ladyfingers generously with the green tea mixture.

Step 13: Add More Cream

Piped cream in tiramisu glasses
Piped cream in tiramisu glasses - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Top with an additional layer of mascarpone cream.

Step 14: Spoon In Strawberries

Diced strawberry layer of tiramisu
Diced strawberry layer of tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Top evenly with the diced strawberry mixture.

Step 15: Add A Final Layer Of Ladyfingers

Layering strawberry matcha tiramisu
Layering strawberry matcha tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Top with a final layer of ladyfingers, and brush or drizzle with green tea mixture.

Step 16: Top With A Ring Of Cream

Piped cream ring on tiramisu
Piped cream ring on tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Pipe mounds of cream in a ring shape in each glass.

Step 17: Dust With Matcha Powder

Matcha powder dusted over tiramisu
Matcha powder dusted over tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Sift the remaining 2 tablespoons of matcha powder over the cream.

Step 18: Garnish With Strawberries

Garnished strawberry matcha tiramisu
Garnished strawberry matcha tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Halve the remaining strawberries, and place one half into the center of each glass.

Step 19: Serve The Tiramisu

Serving strawberry matcha tiramisu
Serving strawberry matcha tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Serve immediately or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Matcha Strawberry Tiramisu Recipe

Strawberry matcha tiramisu
Strawberry matcha tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

How Does Matcha Tiramisu Differ From Traditional Tiramisu?

Closup strawberry matcha tiramisu
Closup strawberry matcha tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

Traditional tiramisu is a layered, coffee-infused dessert that's an iconic Italian creation. First developed in the 1960s or 70s, it is typically made with ladyfingers soaked in a cooled coffee mixture, with the optional addition of Marsala wine or coffee liqueur. These ladyfingers are layered with a custardy mascarpone cream made with whipped eggs and sugar. The dessert is then liberally topped with a layer of cocoa powder for a velvety finish.

This matcha strawberry tiramisu takes all the classic components you love about tiramisu, and switches things up for a summery twist. Green tea replaces coffee as a soak for the ladyfingers, adding an earthy depth and bright green color to the dessert. Lightly brushed on, it infuses flavor into the cookies while still allowing them to retain some of their crisp texture. A whipped white chocolate mascarpone cream is a luscious, sweet, and perfectly balanced variation of the classic tiramisu filling, without any raw eggs in the mix. It lightens the traditional custardy filling of tiramisu into a whipped and airy filling that's all too easy to eat by the spoonful before being piped into the dessert glasses. An optional splash of rum adds a subtle boozy depth similar to the Marsala wine in classic tiramisu, while incorporating fresh strawberries into the layers turns this creamy dessert into a refreshing, bright and fruity one.

Can Strawberry Matcha Tiramisu Be Made Ahead?

Spoonful of strawberry matcha tiramisu
Spoonful of strawberry matcha tiramisu - Katie Rosenhouse/Tasting Table

With fresh strawberries and whipped cream in the mix, matcha strawberry tiramisu is best prepared on or close to the day of serving for the freshest flavor and presentation. But if you do need to get ahead of your party preparations, parts of this dessert can be made and stored up to two days ahead.

To make this tiramisu in advance, assemble as directed up through Step 16, piping the mascarpone cream in a ring shape in each glass. Cover the glasses tightly with plastic wrap, and store in the refrigerator. The mascarpone and white chocolate in the cream help to stabilize it, so you shouldn't have any loss in volume, and the ladyfingers will soften to a pleasantly cake-like consistency the longer they sit. On the day of serving, dust with matcha green tea powder and top with halved strawberries to garnish. This will ensure the freshest presentation.

Note that you can also prepare this dessert in a variety of ways to suit what you have on hand. You can layer the tiramisu into any type of glasses you prefer, including wine glasses, martini glasses, or even mason jars. You can also prepare this matcha strawberry tiramisu in an 8-inch baking dish, piping or spreading the final layer of cream over the top in a decorative fashion, and dusting and garnishing as desired. This can be particularly helpful if transporting the dish to a potluck or other type of gathering.

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