Tiramisu is just such an amazing dessert! The classic version is delicious, but many varieties are developing and they are just so good! Today I’m going to show you how to make a super-tasty apple tiramisu the easy way!
A delicious seasonal twist that feels like a mix between the Danish apple cake and the Italian tiramisu, this apple tiramisu comes together in just 30 minutes, great for a friends and family gathering, but also for busy weeknights. This is a no-bake recipe and the making process is really similar to the classic tiramisu.
More fruit desserts you will love:
- Raspberry tiramisu
- Blueberry buttermilk cake
- Apple pull apart bread
- Blueberry streusel muffins
- Mini lemon tarts in puff pastry
- Apple Danish recipe
- Apple cinnamon bread
Apple filling is the thing for this apple tiramisu recipe, and it’s very easy to make as well. If you don’t know how to make it, or you just don’t want to, store bought apple pie filling will work just as well. In this case, make sure you go for the unsweetened variety, as sweetened ones may be just too sweet. You can always add more sugar if the mixture calls for it, it just depends on your taste.
How to make the best apple tiramisu?
This apple tiramisu is quite permissive and there’s no need for exact measurements. A little more or less than a cup of cream is just fine. Also, a bit more apple filling won’t hurt anyone! Depending on your taste, you can add more or less cinnamon or lemon juice than I did.
Mascarpone is the staple for tiramisu cake in general, but if you’re not a big fan of it, just replace it with cream cheese or simply skip it altogether.
To make an adult only version of this recipe, there are many liquor types you can use: Amaretto, apricot or other fruit liquor, Limoncello, anything that you can pair with apples. Just add a little to the sauce before dipping the ladyfingers.
Can you substitute apple filling?
You can also substitute the apples with other fruits. Fruit like peaches, apricots, pears, pineapples could be used for this recipe. As well as with apples, you can choose to add the fruit to the filling or leave them aside and just decorate the top of the cake.
Which is your favorite tiramisu twist? Do you like fruit tiramisu or you just stick to the classic recipe? Please let us know in the comments section.
Tiramisu dessert recipe
For this delicious recipe you only need a handful of ingredients you probably have on hand if you love making desserts:
- red apples – if you choose juicy fruits you will not need to add more water when cooking the apples but if you’re fruit is dry, add a bit of water to help apples soften when cooking.
- lemon juice – fresh
- brown sugar
- cinnamon powder
- butter – unsalted
- vanilla pudding – I used the powder version and cooked it but you could make this recipe even easier by using pre made pudding.
- whipping cream – I used the unsweetened version. If yours is sweetened, leave some of the sugar out.
- granulated sugar – most people use icing sugar for their whipped cream but I like using granulated sugar, I think it tastes much better, the granulated sugar incorporates better into the whipping cream than icing sugar.
- caramel sauce
How do you make apple tiramisu?
- You’ll start by coring the apples and cutting into cubes. Cook them over medium heat mixed with lemon juice, brown sugar, cinnamon and butter, until the apples are soft.
- Make the whipped cream by mixing sugar and whipping cream. Add mascarpone and mix to incorporate.
- Mix vanilla pudding with apple filling then add 2/3 of the whipped cream. If you cook vanilla pudding, make sure it’s cold when adding the whipped cream.
- Mix milk and caramel sauce until the sauce is melted. Then dip ladyfingers in this sauce and layer into a baking dish.
- Add a layer of vanilla pudding apple mix.
- Add another layer of ladyfingers, followed by a layer of vanilla pugging apple mix.
- Finish with a layer of whipped cream.
- Decorate with caramel sauce, crushed pecans and cinnamon.
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Apple tiramisu recipe
For the apple filling
- 2 apples large
- 1/2 cup lemon juice fresh
- 1 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon powder
- 1/4 cup butter
For the vanilla filling
- 1 pkt vanilla pudding replace with premade vanilla pudding
- milk as recommended on the vanilla package
For the tiramisu cake
- 22 ladyfingers
- 1 cup milk
- 3 tbsp caramel sauce plus more for drizzling
- pecan nuts to decorate
- cinnamon powder to decorate
For the cream
- 1 cup Heavy cream
- 1/2 cup Granulated sugar Use 1/4 if apples are extra sweet
- 8 oz Mascarpone cheese
- Cut the apples in half, core and dice them.
- Transfer to a saucepan, add lemon juice, brown sugar and cinnamon and mix.
- Turn the heat to medium than add butter and mix until the apples are soft. If needed, add a little bit of water to help apples soften. When done, set aside.
- Prepare the vanilla pudding as indicated on the package. If using the premade pudding, transfer to a large bowl. Cool before using in the next steps.
- In a mixing bowl beat whipping cream and sugar with a hand mixer, until the sugar is dissolved and the whipped cream forms peaks and is fluffy and smooth.
- Add mascarpone and mix to incorporate well.
- Mix the cooled vanilla pudding with the cooled apple filling.
- Add 2/3 of the whipped cream and mix to incorporate.
- Mix milk and caramel sauce until the sauce is melted.
- Dip ladyfingers into the sauce, on both sides, then add to the baking dish to form a layer.
- Layer half the vanilla pudding apple mix.
- Add another layer of ladyfingers, dipped in milk caramel sauce and top with another layer of vanilla pudding apple mix.
- Finish with a layer of whipped cream.
- Decorate with drizzled caramel sauce, pecans and cinnamon powder.
- This recipe can be served immediately but tastes better the next day or even after 2-3 days in the fridge.