Sweet Tea Tiramisù

Sweet Tea TiramisuRecipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell
For topping: Toss sliced strawberries and pitted fresh cherries with a little sugar and almond liqueur; add shaved chocolate.


Makes 10 to 12 servings
Total time: 13 Hours, 30 Minutes

Recipe from

Southern Living

Recipe Time

Hands-on: 20 Minutes
Total: 13 Hours, 30 Minutes


2 family-size tea bags
1 1/2 cups sugar, divided
2 (8-oz.) containers mascarpone cheese
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
2 cups whipping cream
2 (3-oz.) packages ladyfingers
1 to 2 tsp. unsweetened cocoa


1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a 3-qt. heavy saucepan; add tea bags. Remove from heat; cover and steep 10 minutes.

2. Discard tea bags. Add 1 cup sugar, stirring until dissolved. Bring tea mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, and cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 22 minutes or until mixture is reduced to 1 cup. Remove mixture from heat, and let cool to room temperature (about 30 minutes).

3. Stir together mascarpone cheese, vanilla bean paste, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar.

4. Beat whipping cream at medium speed with an electric mixer until soft peaks form; fold into cheese mixture.

5. Separate ladyfingers in half. Arrange 24 ladyfinger halves, flat sides up, in the bottom of an 11- x 7-inch baking dish. Drizzle with half of tea mixture. Top with half of cheese mixture. Repeat layers once. Cover and chill 12 hours. Sift cocoa over top just before serving.