Recipe courtesy of Zac Young

Strawberry Cheesecake Tiramisu

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 6 hr 25 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 25 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
This is no regular tiramisu—it boasts the best aspects from both strawberry cheesecake and the classic ladyfinger dessert. Swapping zingy limoncello in for traditional rum and opting for a no-bake cheesecake filling makes this a perfect summer mashup dessert.



Special equipment:
an 8-inch springform pan
  1. Combine the limoncello and 1/3 cup of the sugar in a large bowl. Chop 12 ounces of strawberries (about 10 strawberries) into 1/2-inch chunks (you should have about 2 cups chopped) and add to the limoncello. Stir to combine and set aside to macerate while you make the cheesecake filling.
  2. Whip the heavy cream in a medium bowl with a handheld electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes; set aside. 
  3. Beat the cream cheese, lemon zest, lemon juice, sour cream, vanilla and the remaining 1 cup sugar in a large bowl with the electric mixer on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, 2 to 3 minutes. Gently fold in the whipped cream with a large rubber spatula.  
  4. Strain the limoncello into a medium bowl (you will need this to soak the ladyfingers) and fold the strawberries into the cream cheese mixture.  
  5. Working quickly, gently dip the ladyfingers into the limoncello for 1 second on each side, then stand them around the ring of an 8-inch springform pan. Layer the ladyfingers on the bottom of the pan, cutting the cookies as needed to make one even layer. Spoon 1/3 of the cheesecake mixture on top and spread with an offset spatula. Repeat two more times with another layer of limoncello-dipped ladyfingers and 1/3 of the cheesecake mixture to make 3 layers total.  
  6. Thinly slice the remaining 4 ounces of strawberries and decorate the top of the cake. Microwave the jam in a glass measuring cup until it is warmed and melted, 15 to 30 seconds. Brush the berries with the jam to glaze them. Refrigerate until the cheesecake is firm to the touch and the ladyfingers are softened, 6 hours and up to overnight.  
  7. Loosen the clasps of the pan to release the pan ring before slicing and serving.