Miss Kardea Brown's Meyer Lemon Tiramisu, as seen on the Food Networks, Delicious Miss Brown, Season 6.
Recipe courtesy of Kardea Brown

Limoncello Trifle

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 35 min (includes chilling time)
  • Active: 50 min
  • Yield: 9 servings
This is my spin on of one of my favorite desserts: tiramisu. You may know that I love anything lemon, so I thought it would be fun to give a lemony twist to tiramisu. I use ladyfingers just like you do in tiramisu, but I soak them in a limoncello simple syrup and layer them with Meyer lemon curd and a vanilla bean mascarpone cream.


Meyer Lemon Curd:

Limoncello Simple Syrup:

Vanilla Bean Mascarpone Cream:

To Assemble:


  1. Make the lemon curd: Bring a medium saucepan of 2 inches of water to a boil; place a bowl on top and reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Whisk together the egg yolks, sugar, lemon juice and salt in the bowl. Cook, whisking constantly, until the mixture thickens, about 10 minutes. Remove the bowl from the double boiler and add the butter, stirring until it melts. Cover the surface of the curd directly with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  2. Make the simple syrup: Combine the sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the limoncello. Transfer to a shallow dish and refrigerate to cool.
  3. Make the mascarpone cream: Combine the cream, vanilla bean seeds and sugar in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer until soft peaks form. Add the mascarpone and beat until stiff peaks form.
  4. Assemble the trifle: Dip each side of each of the ladyfingers in the limoncello simple syrup and arrange in a single layer in an 8-inch square baking dish. Top with half of the lemon curd and half of the mascarpone cream. Repeat the layers. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to overnight. Garnish with the lemon peel curls, if using.