Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Berry and Peach Tiramisu

Berry and Peach Tiramisu

Long before there was French Fridays, there was my dinner club! It was my introduction into cooking outside my comfort zone. Our group has been getting together for over 25 years. Our kids were still in high school when we began this gourmet dinner challenge. We started out by rotating hosts, and they would pick the menu. We traveled all over the world with this group. Experimenting with German cuisine for our Oktoberfest, and impressing ourselves with our accomplishment of a perfect French dinner.  We also delved into Italian, Russian, Lebanese, Dutch, Chinese, Irish, and good old American cuisine.
We even hosted a few murder mystery dinners!  Way back then, we would pick desserts that were complicated, and sometimes took hours to prepare, and then found that some of the best and most delicious desserts, were the easiest to prepare. 
After some 25 years, we have gotten away from all the structure, and now just want to enjoy an evening with good friends.

Mouthwatering, creamy and topped with seasonal berries and fruit

A few weeks ago, one of my friends decided to host a brunch instead of dinner. Since it’s summer, our time is a lot less restrictive, and we thought it would be fun to enjoy an afternoon together. The hostess chose a lovely menu, starting out with a luscious fruit salad and Classic Mimosas. We then enjoyed a delicious French Toast Casserole, a Mexican Frittata, sausage, and my contribution, a Zucchini Tart (I will be posting the recipe soon).  It was a lovely Brunch with wonderful friends. We discussed the issues of the day, the books we were reading, our children, and our grandchildren. Then the hostess took out dessert! It was this very delectable Berry Tiramisu. Not only delicious, but easy to put together! I enjoyed this dessert so much, I made it for a lunch I was hosting for some friends. My only change was mixing some sweet Jersey peaches in with the berries. This lovely tiramisu can sit in the fridge for up to two days, which makes it a perfect choice for do-ahead prep. Enjoy!

Once you layer the Tiramisu….refrigerate it for at least 2 hours, or up to two days
A great dessert, for an evening with good friends

Berry-Peach Tiramisu
adapted from Rachel Raye


1½ cups brewed coffee
2 tablespoons sambuca
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1 pound container mascarpone cheese
¼ cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
Ladyfinger cookies
Cocoa powder
1½ cups mixed berries
¾ cup sliced peaches 

In a shallow bowl, whisk together 1 1/2 cups brewed coffee, 2 tablespoons sambuca and 1 tablespoon granulated sugar until the sugar is dissolved. In a separate bowl, whisk together one 1-pound container mascarpone cheese, 1/4 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar. Using enough ladyfinger cookies to cover the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish, dip the ladyfingers in the coffee mixture and arrange in an even layer at the bottom of the pan. Spread half of the mascarpone mixture on top. Repeat the two layers. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and 2 cups mixed berries. Refrigerate the tiramisu for at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.


  1. Yum, yum, yum! I love tiramisu, but I never thought of putting fruit on top. What a great idea! I could see cherries on top as well. Can't wait to try this!

  2. I don't know what sounds better - the dessert or spending such quality time with good friends.

  3. Kathy, this does look delicious. I like your fruit combination and as the topping for the Tiramisu it must have been especially tasty. No leftovers, I'm thinking.

  4. I love tiramisu with seasonal fruits too. This is so fruity and delicious!

  5. Love this Tiramisu ! Look amazing!!!!

  6. Oh, Kathy! I can just imagine how delicious this must have been. How wonderful your group is still getting together, after all those years! So special!

  7. I like the fruits with tiramisu combination!

  8. That sounds so good! And I love that you have such a long-standing dinner club. What a wonderful way to build life-long friendships.

  9. Love all the different fruits - but does the coffee flavor really work with them? So curious...

  10. I'm hosting a brunch next month so look forward to the zucchini recipe (though Bill will probably not be very excited!). BUT he's much rather have this tiramisu than the classic version I make :) It's beautiful!!!

  11. This tiramsu looks devine Kathy. The fruit adds some pretty and healthy to this luscious dessert.