Pumpkin Tiramisu


Layers of silky pumpkin mousse and ladyfingers dipped in coffee make a delicious twist on tiramisu and provides a great alternative for pumpkin pie during the holidays. Did I mention it’s delicious?

from: Food + Wine November 2014
serves: 12

one 15-oz. can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup light brown sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese
2 1/2 cups heavy cream

2 cups brewed coffee, cooled
14 ounces dry ladyfingers
chocolate shavings, for garnish
candied ginger, for garnish (optional)


In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree with the brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, salt, nutmeg and 1/2 cup of the granulated sugar.


Add the mascarpone and 1 1/2 cups of the heavy cream. Using an electric mixer, beat the pumpkin mixture at medium speed until soft peaks form; do not overbeat.


In a medium bowl, whisk the brewed coffee with 2 tablespoons of the granulated sugar until it’s dissolved. Dip both sides of the 6 ladyfingers in the coffee and arrange them in a single layer in a 4-quart trifle dish. Spread 1 cup of the pumpkin mousse on top.


Repeat the layering 5 more times, ending with a layer of the pumpkin mousse. Cover and refrigerate the tiramisu overnight.

In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the remaining 1 cup of cream with the remaining 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar until soft peaks form. Dollop the whipped cream over the tiramisu, garnish with the chocolate shavings and candied ginger (if using) and serve.


make ahead: the tiramisu can be refrigerated for two days.

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