Earl Grey Tiramisu

You will surely fall in love with this Earl Grey Tiramisu, a delicate rendition of the original dessert with Earl Grey tea replacing coffee.

earl grey tiramisuI’ve struggled with writing this post and have put it off for the last week or so, because, well, last week was a big punch in the gut for myself and millions of other people in this country who didn’t vote for Donald Trump.

Earl Grey TiramisuIt’s a bummer too because I have so been looking forward to sharing it with you. But I guess it took me a minute to pick my jaw up off the floor and get back on my feet.

Earl Grey Tiramisu If I’m being honest, I didn’t really know what to say or if it was appropriate to say anything at all on a food blog. But all of a sudden it somehow felt weirdly inappropriate to put all this attention into a silly little recipe. Facetious, even, to come on here and be like, “heyyy guys, check out this awesome Earl Grey Tiramisu thing I made, you’re gonna love it”, without so much as a mention of what’s going on, when there are just so many important issues at stake.

Earl Grey TiramisuThings like minority rights, LGBTQ rights, women’s equality, foreign relations and THE FUTURE OF OUR PLANET. Kinda feels more significant than any dessert, no matter how cool you think it is because  you reinvented it by replacing coffee with tea.

Earl Grey TiramisuAnd we’ve put the fate of these issues largely in the hands of a man who consistently offended those aforementioned groups throughout his campaign, has openly stated that he thinks climate change is a hoax and who will stand trial soon for allegedly exploiting economically vulnerable Americans for his own personal gains. Oh, oops, just kidding about that last one- he settled it out of court for $25 million! A man whose election into office sparked large scale nationwide protests while simultaneously inspiring a spike of racially motivated threats and hate crimes.


I have no idea, but one thing’s for sure. He’s not instilling a whole lot of confidence in me so far.

Earl Grey TiramisuBut life continues, albeit now with an even more profound regard for the welfare of others and for the planet than I had before, to help make up for those who lack the same respect. I will do my part to always make sure that love overpowers hate, and I’ll stand up and fight for what I believe in when I was once complacent in the face of such seemingly overwhelming issues.

earl grey tiramisuAnd work continues, because there’s no other way. So I’ll keep making hopefully awesome and pretty things that inspire joy, like this Earl Grey Tiramisu, and sharing them with you- but hopefully without as much political commentary which I know we’ve all had enough of by now. I just couldn’t move on without getting that off my chest.

Earl Grey Tiramisu

So thanks for listening. And you really should make this tea-ramisu, because it actually is pretty awesome.


Earl Grey Tiramisu

You will surely fall in love with this Earl Grey Tiramisu, a delicate rendition of the original dessert with Earl Grey tea replacing coffee.

Servings 4


  • 2 cups water
  • 4 Earl Grey tea bags
  • 2 1- inch strips orange peel
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Marsala wine
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mascarpone room temperature
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream room temperature
  • 18 ladyfingers
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest


  1. Add the water to a saucepan and and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, then remove from heat and add the tea bags and orange peel. Cover and steep for 10 minutes. Discard the tea bags and add the 2 tablespoons sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Pour the tea through a strainer and set aside.

  2. Beat egg yolks, Marsala, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar in a metal bowl set over a saucepan of barely simmering water using a whisk or handheld electric mixer until tripled in volume, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove bowl from heat. Beat in mascarpone until just combined.
  3. Beat cream in a large bowl until it holds stiff peaks.
  4. Gently fold mascarpone mixture into whipped cream until combined.
  5. Spread a few tablespoons of the mascarpone filling onto the bottom of a 1-quart baking dish. Dipping both sides of each ladyfinger into tea mixture, line baking dish with 9 ladyfingers, trimming edges to fit if necessary. Spread half of mascarpone filling on top. Dip remaining 9 ladyfingers in tea and arrange over filling.
  6. Spread remaining mascarpone filling on top. Chill, covered, at least 6 hours.
  7. Let tiramisu stand at room temperature 30 minutes before serving, then dust with cocoa and orange zest.


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