Valentine’s Day Tiramisu–GF Ladyfingers for the Tiramisu

I’m serving my husband and family Tiramisu for Valentine’s Day dessert.  We used to go to an Italian restaurant and share a serving of this rich, delicious dessert while we were courting.  Now that we are gluten-free we haven’t had tiramisu in quite a long time.  Since tiramisu requires the use of ladyfingers, a cookie that uses flour, I wouldn’t order it out for fear of problems.  All this time I figured that ladyfingers would be hard to make, even though they look like meringue cookies, I still figured they would be difficult.  Boy, was I wrong!  Even without a good pastry bag (I used a ziptop quart bag and cut off a corner), these turned out great!

So, for you and for your valentines I offer these two recipes:   ladyfinger cookies, easy to make and used in tiramisu and other delicious recipes, and tiramisu, a delicious, rich Italian dessert.  Have a loving, gluten-free Valentine’s Day!

GF Ladyfingers for the Tiramisu
  • Ladyfingers
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 2 tablespoons + ⅔ cup white sugar
  • 1 cup Baking Free™ gluten-free All Purpose Flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line several large baking sheets with baking parchment.
  3. Fit a large pastry bag with a plain ½ inch round tube tip. If you don't have one, just cut the corner off a strong ziptop bag for ½ inch opening.
  4. Place egg whites in a bowl and beat on high until soft peaks start to form.
  5. Slowly add 2 tablespoons of the sugar and continue beating until stiff and glossy.
  6. In another bowl, beat egg yolks and remaining sugar until thick and very pale in color.
  7. In a small bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder.
  8. Fold half the egg whites into the egg yolk mixture.
  9. Fold in flour and then add the remaining egg whites.
  10. Gently transfer to the pastry bag (or plastic bag) and pipe strips the look like ladyfingers onto the prepared baking sheets.
  11. Bake for 8 minutes. Transfer cookies and parchment to cooling racks. Cool completely. Makes about 30 3-4 inch cookies.

Valentine's Day Tiramisu
  • 6 large egg yolks, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup good dark rum, divided (or water with 3 tablespoons rum flavoring)
  • 1 cup brewed espresso, divided
  • 16 oz mascarpone cheese
  • 30 or so ladyfingers (recipe above)
  • bittersweet chocolate, shaved or grated
  1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer with a whisk attachment on high speed for about 5 minutes, until thick and pale. Lower the speed to medium and add ¼ of rum (or flavored water), ¼ cup espresso and the mascarpone. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Combing the remaining ¼ cup rum and ¾ cups espresso in a shallow bowl. Dip one side of each ladyfinger in the espresso/rum mixture and line the bottom of a 9 X 12-inch dish. Pour ½ of the espresso cream mixture evenly on top. Dip one side of the remaining ladyfingers in the espresso/rum mixture and place them in a second layer in the dish. Pour the remaining espresso cream over the top. Smooth the top and cover dish with plastic wrap. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Before serving sprinkle the top with shaved chocolate. Makes 8 servings.