McKenzie Makes: Gluten-Free Tiramisu Trifles!!!


I rang in the New Year with some new friends who threw a New Years Eve Potluck Party. So naturally I took it as a sort of culinary personal challenge to make the best thing on that table! It may have been the best dessert but people definitely brought their a-game with gumbo, a mac n cheese made with beer, sushi rolls, a make your own salad station, and a bunch of other tasty treats.

When I decided to make this I knew I have to make something individual so that everyone could eat one and had to make it gluten-free because I wanted my boyfriend to taste it too! A few days before I had indulged in a tiramisu dessert at Noodle Pudding and immediately I thought I could make this on my own! This is a great “light” dessert that can be served anytime of the year and was a hit at the party, but not just because it had caffeine to help keep people up long past midnight and had a good amount of rum in it to spice things up!

Makes 8 servings


  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces mascarpone cheese
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 3/4 cup heavy cream, divided into 1 cup and 3/4 cup
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup espresso at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup dark rum
  • 1 package gluten-free lady fingers
  • 2 ounces dark chocolate
  • 8 serving glasses

To Make:

  • in a large bowl whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale
  • whisk in marscarpone cheese until smooth and creamy and set aside
  • in a separate bowl whip egg whites and salt until they hold stiff peaks
  • in another bowl whip together heavy cream and vanilla until it holds stiff peaks
  • fold 1/2 of the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture and then gently fold in the beaten egg whites till combined and smooth and set aside
  • combine rum and coffee in a rectangular or square shallow container and dip each ladyfinger until soft (but be careful not to let them fall apart) and cut into quarters
  • Place one layer of ladyfingers on bottom of serving glass then fill halfway with the mascarpone mixture and then place another and final layer of ladyfingers on top
  • There should be a few ladyfingers left so chop them up and fold into the remaining whip cream mixture along with half of the remaining coffee/rum mixture and stir
  • As a final layer place the whipped cream/ladyfinger/coffee/rum mixture on top of soaked ladyfingers and smooth out for nice presentation
  • using a microplane grate the chocolate over the tops of the tiramisu
  • chill for 4 hours and serve
  • enjoy!

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