Serve this sweet tiramisu dusted with cocoa. Photo / Babiche Martens

Strawberry Tiramisu

For a Christmas dessert that impresses without the stress, reach for this strawberry tiramisu

Creamy and delicious with a hint of marsala, this light Italian coffee-flavoured dessert is perfect for a last-minute quick assembly. You can make individual ones or a larger one to serve a crowd. When you dip the sponge fingers into the coffee, do not soak or your tiramisu will be soggy.

Serves 6

1 cup strong coffee
¼ cup marsala or Kahlua
3 egg yolks
¼ cup sugar
250g mascarpone
1 packet sponge fingers
1 punnet strawberries, hulled, roughly sliced
Cocoa for dusting

1. Combine the coffee and marsala in a flattish bowl. Allow to cool.

2. Place the egg yolks and sugar into a bowl over simmering water. Whisk until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is light and pale. Remove and cool. Fold in the mascarpone.

3. Dip the sponge fingers briefly into the coffee and place into the base of your serving dishes. Top with a spoon of the mascarpone mixture. Add some strawberries, more sponge fingers and mascarpone, layering until all used. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

4. Just before serving dust generously with cocoa.

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