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Pumpkin Spice Tiramisu

November  7, 2010
1 Ratings
  • Serves 10-12
Author Notes

Inspired by the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I used Frangelico to add some nutty flavor while keeping the decadent creaminess of a tiramisu. You can substitute another liqueur if desired. You can also use 2 & 3/4 tsp of pumpkin pie spice in place of the individual spices in the pumpkin mixture. It is great for Thanksgiving as it does not take up precious oven space, and is best made a day ahead. —hardlikearmour

What You'll Need
  • 3 cups strong coffee, cooled to room temperature
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons Frangelico (divided)
  • 15 ounces canned pumpkin purée
  • 2/3 cup dark brown sugar - lightly packed
  • 1 & 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon (divided)
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 14 ounces dried ladyfingers
  • 3 tablespoons Dutched cocoa powder
  1. Mix coffee, instant espresso powder, and 1/4 cup Frangelico in a wide bowl or baking dish. Set aside.
  2. Heat pumpkin, brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon, rest of spices, and salt in a 2-3 quart sauce pan over medium-high heat stirring constantly until thick and glossy. This will take about 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer into work bowl of food processor. Process for 1 minute, scraping down sides of bowl after 30 seconds. Remove lid from work bowl, and refrigerate mixture until cool, approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Once pumpkin mixture is cool, place work bowl back on processor and add mascarpone and 2 TBSP Frangelico. Process until smooth, about 30 - 40 seconds, scraping bowl once after 15 - 20 seconds. Transfer pumpkin mixture to a large bowl.
  4. Whip cream to stiff peaks in a medium bowl. Fold 1/3 of whipped cream into pumpkin mixture. When almost fully incorporated, gently fold remainder of whipped cream into pumpkin mixture. Set aside.
  5. Working one at a time place ladyfingers in coffee mixture, roll them over, then arrange them in a single layer on the bottom of a 9-inch by 13-inch glass baking dish. Do not submerge the ladyfingers, and only allow them to soak up the coffee for 1 second per side. The cookies should not be fully saturated or the finished dessert will be soggy. You will not use all of the coffee mixture. Break or trim the ladyfingers as needed to neatly fit in the dish.
  6. Spread 1/2 of the pumpkin mixture over the ladyfingers. Use a rubber spatula to spread the mixture in a smooth, even layer completely covering the ladyfingers. Place 1 & 1/2 TBSP cocoa powder in a fine mesh strainer and dust it over the pumpkin mixture.
  7. Repeat steps 5 & 6 with remaining lady fingers, pumpkin filling, and cocoa powder. You may have a few left over lady fingers. Dust surface with 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Wipe the edges of the dish with a dry paper towel. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 8 to 24 hours to allow the flavors and textures to marry. Cut into pieces and serve chilled.

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I am an amateur baker and cake decorator. I enjoy cooking, as well as eating and feeding others. I live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with my husband and our menagerie. I enjoy outdoor activities including hiking, mushroom hunting, tide pooling, beach combing, and snowboarding.

16 Reviews

Erika B. November 23, 2014
I'm dying to make this for thanksgiving but I don't have a food processor. Has anyone had luck with just using a blender instead?
WildFly September 19, 2014
Tiramisu is my favorite dessert and I love making it as much as I like eating it. This recipe sounded intriguing to me so I made it today. First off it does not look like picture, it is much more "orange" looking from the pumpkin purée. Secondly it was not very sweet and lastly pumpkin purée did not mix very well with marscapone, ingredients were separated in texture. I followed the recipe exactly and was disappointed with the final result. Will not make this again.
hardlikearmour September 19, 2014
I'm sorry to hear it didn't work out for you. I always use Libby's pumpkin purée, so am wondering if there's a difference with other products? I've not had the mixture separate.
mrslarkin November 19, 2013
I am so making this for Thanksgiving! Thank you HLA.
hardlikearmour November 19, 2013
I would be honored! This year I'm going to have your butternut scones for breakfast on TG -- I'm in love with your freezer technique and the ability to bake up just a few scones or biscuits when I need them.
Sadair123 September 4, 2011
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AntoniaJames December 7, 2010
This looks so tasty! Definitely on the December Must-Try List. ;o)
Threemealsaday November 10, 2010
Good idea and love the starbucks inspiration.
dymnyno November 9, 2010
REALLY sounds delicious!! Saved, Printed, Thumbs UP!!!s
hardlikearmour November 10, 2010
I hope you like it!
Sagegreen November 9, 2010
Great idea, indeed!
hardlikearmour November 9, 2010
I made my trial run batch, and my husband and I ate more than half of it in 2 days. He took the rest to work so we wouldn't eat it all.
Midge November 7, 2010
What a great idea!
hardlikearmour November 7, 2010
Pumpkin spice and coffee work so well together in a drink, it seemed like it would work in a dessert.
mrslarkin November 7, 2010
whoa. this is beautiful. so much better than pumpkin pie!!
hardlikearmour November 7, 2010