This scrumptious Pumpkin Tiramisu recipe combines layers of creamy pumpkin infused mascarpone, light pumpkin flavored whipped cream, spiced rum soaked ladyfingers in individual servings! It’s the perfect way to celebrate the season.
Despite its impressive appearance, making this dessert is surprisingly easy. You don’t need to be a pastry chef to create this showstopper. It’s perfect for impressing your guests without the stress.
You don’t even need to turn on the oven! This no-bake recipe comes together fairly quickly, and you can prepare it in advance. Just refrigerate for a few hours, and it’s ready to serve.
What is Tiramisu?
Tiramisu is a popular Italian dessert known for its luxurious and indulgent layers. The name “tiramisu” translates to “pick me up” or “lift me up,” which is quite fitting considering its light texture.
It is made by alternating layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers and a creamy mixture of mascarpone cheese, egg yolks, sugar, and whipped cream. The ladyfingers are a type of sponge cake or biscuit that soak up the coffee and in our case, a touch of liquor, which gives the dessert a subtle coffee and alcohol flavor.
Tiramisu is traditionally made in a large glass dish, but we are preparing individual pumpkin tiramisus in charming Irish coffee mugs. The personal-sized portions not only make for an eye-catching presentation but these individual servings allow each guest to have their own little masterpiece.
How to make a layered pumpkin tiramisu:
- Before assembling your Tiramisu, brew a strong cup of coffee or espresso. Add the spiced rum and sugar and stir until the sugar is fully disolved. Allow it to cool to room temperature to avoid making the ladyfingers too soggy.
- To create the creamy filling for your pumpkin tiramisu, combine heavy cream, mascarpone cheese, vanilla, canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice in a mixing bowl until they form a smooth, creamy mixture.
- In a separate bowl, whip heavy whipping cream, maple syrup, pumpkin pie spice and sugar until it reaches stiff peaks, and gently fold it into the mascarpone mixture for a luscious, airy texture.
- Now, it’s time to layer your Tiramisu. Begin with a layer of coffee-soaked ladyfingers in 6 Irish Coffee mugs, followed by a layer of the pumpkin mousse, then the creamy mascarpone mixture.
- Repeat 2 more times, ending with fluffy whipped cream.
Customizing Your Tiramisu: Alcohol vs. Non-Alcoholic Options
When it comes to Tiramisu, the use of alcohol is a matter of personal preference. While classic Tiramisu recipes often call for rum, it’s important to note that rum isn’t the only choice. There’s a range of options which I’ve listed below each offering their own distinct flavor.
Additionally, for those who prefer a non-alcoholic version or wish to serve it to all ages, there are alcohol-free alternatives or you can omit the alcohol altogether.
- Rum: Traditional Tiramisu often features dark or spiced rum. The rich, warm notes of rum complement the coffee-soaked ladyfingers and mascarpone cream.
- Coffee Liqueur: Coffee liqueurs like Kahlúa or Tia Maria add a deep coffee flavor to Tiramisu, enhancing its overall coffee profile.
- Marsala Wine: Marsala wine, a fortified wine from Italy, lends a sweet, wine-like note to the dessert. It’s a classic choice for a more authentic Tiramisu but try to avoid supermarket Marsala – it’s kind of like the ‘cooking wine’ we all try to avoid.
- Brandy: Brandy offers a fruity and slightly sweet undertone that pairs well with the other dessert flavors.
- Amaretto: Amaretto, an almond-flavored liqueur, contributes a subtle nutty and sweet essence to Tiramisu.
- Irish Cream Liqueur: Irish cream liqueurs like Baileys add a creamy, slightly chocolatey flavor, making Tiramisu exceptionally smooth and indulgent. So good!
- Frangelico: Made from hazelnuts, Frangelico liqueur introduces a nutty dimension to the dessert.
I’ve got to say, there’s hardly a dessert as mouthwateringly delicious as Tiramisu. It’s sweet, it’s got that delightful hint of rum, and it’s simply scrumptious. And this version has pumpkin!!! But what makes it even better? These single servings! It’s the perfect way to enjoy this classic treat all to yourself. So go ahead, savor each bite and treat yourself to a little piece of dessert heaven.
Pumpkin Tiramisu Recipe
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These individual Pumpkin Tiramisu desserts offer layers of creamy mascarpone and pumpkin mousse, Caribbean rum and coffee-infused ladyfingers, and a hint of seasonal spice, all presented in charming Irish coffee mugs.
For the Mascarpone Cream:
- ⅔ Cup Heavy whipping cream
- 4 oz Mascarpone cheese
- 1 teaspoon Vanilla extract
- ½ Cup Canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice
For the whipped cream:
- 1 Cup Heavy whipping cream
- ¼ Cup Maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice
- 2 Tbsp Brown sugar
For the Ladyfinger Layer:
- ½ Cup Espresso or strong brewed coffee
- 2 Tbsp Spiced rum
- 1 teaspoon Brown sugar
- 2 (7 oz) packages of dry ladyfingers
To Serve, Optional
- ¼ Cup Cocoa powder
- ½ teaspoon Pumpkin pie spice
To make the mascarpone cream:
- In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), combine all of the ingredients. Begin by beating on low speed and gradually work up to medium speed.
- Beat on medium speed until the pumpkin and mascarpone are fully combined and the mixture is light and fluffy— about 3 minutes. Set aside.
For the whipped cream:
- In a large bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), combine all of the ingredients.
- Begin on low speed and increase to high speed until the whipped cream can hold a stiff peak— about 3 minutes. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the espresso, spiced rum and sugar. Stir to dissolve. Allow to cool.
- Dip a lady finger into the espresso/rum mixture and then place it into the bottom of an Irish Coffee mug. Repeat with the other 5 coffee mugs.
- Cover the ladyfingers with ⅓ of the pumpkin mousse. Smooth the top to ensure an even layer. Next, cover the pumpkin mousse with ⅓ of the whipped cream. Smooth the top again to ensure an even layer. Repeat for the remaining 5 mugs. (see notes below for 1 large tiramisu)
- Repeat 2 more times, dipping the lady fingers in the coffee and ending with whipped cream on top.
- Add the cocoa powder and pumpkin pie spice to a sifter and sift it over the top of the tiramisu in an even layer.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.
- *For individual servings – this will make 6 indiv cups with 3 layers each. If making one large tiramisu, it will require 6 layers)
- This tiramisu can be made the night before serving and kept in the refrigerator.
- If you don’t have mascarpone, cream cheese is another option.
- When choosing maple syrup, look for one that says Grade A. Avoid artificial syrups.
- If you don’t have spiced rum, you can use amaretto— or leave it out entirely.
- Heavy cream must be used in this recipe. You cannot substitute a lower-fat milk product.
- Prep Time: 20-30 minutes
- Category: Dessert
- Method: No Bake
- Serving Size: 1 serving
- Calories: 350-400
- Sugar: 15-20 gr
- Sodium: 40-60 mg
- Fat: 20-22 gr
- Saturated Fat: 10-12 gr
- Carbohydrates: 25-35 gr
- Fiber: 1-2 gr
- Protein: 4-6 gr
- Cholesterol: 50-60mg