Banana Cream Tiramisu

by Heather on May 10, 2011

Pick me up.

OK don’t actually do that…you might hurt yourself.  But the word “tiramisu” literally means “pick me up” in Italian – indicative of how the traditional creamy espresso chocolate dessert picks up the soul at the end of a long day.


Is it just me or does all-American banana pudding tend to do the same thing?  Or if we’re being honest here – and we should be because The Dish is a safe place – anything with sugar, coffee, and a bit ‘o’ rum does exactly that.  Give me any one of those things instead of (or better yet inside of) an adult beverage at the end of a long day.

This was actually my very first time making my own ladyfingers, some of the most difficult cookies in the world to find.  Oreos?  Easy peasy.  Chips Ahoy?  They’re everywhere.  Good old-fashioned ladyfingers?  Tough luck.


Turns out making your own is not only incredibly simple but probably one of the most rewarding things ever.  At least that’s how I feel when I’ve successfully whipped egg whites into soft-peak oblivion and folded them into the remaining batter without batting an eye.


I believe “Kitchen Goddess” is the correct phrase here.  You know, something like that.

Surprisingly enough the bananas I used were not the result of an overabundance but rather the product of a correct banana usage estimation.  I guess nearing 27 1/2 years old means I’m finally getting a hang of this thing called life.  And by ‘this thing called life’ I mean guessing the lucky number of bananas one needs in a house with two adults who may or may not eat them in time.  One and the same people, one and the same.


  • 1 batch of homemade ladyfingers, recipe from Joy of Baking
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 cup marscapone cheese (I actually used ricotta that I strained in a collander lined with a coffee filter for a day – cheaper and it’s what was on hand)
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup strong-brewed coffee
  • 1/4 cup dark rum
  • 1/2 cup chopped chocolate

In a bowl whip together the bananas, cheese, and powdered sugar.  Whip until the bananas are smooth.  In another bowl combine the rum and coffee.  Using small glasses as serving dishes layer the tiramisu like so:  1 spoonful of banana mixture on the bottom, two ladyfingers soaked in the coffee-rum mixture, 1 tsp of the chopped chocolate, 2 spoonfuls banana mixture, two ladyfingers soaked in the coffee-rum mixture, 1 tsp of the chopped chocolate, 2 spoonfuls of the banana mixture, two ladyfingers soaked in the coffee-rum mixture, 2 spoonfuls of the banana mixture, and a generous sprinkle of chopped chocolate.  It’s delicious if served immediately, but gets even better if you let it sit in the fridge for about 1-2 hours.  Enjoy!

Pick me up indeed…now if I can just figure out how to smuggle the extra rum-and-coffee mixture into work tomorrow.  8AM isn’t too early, right?

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{ 26 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Lindsay @ Pinch of Yum May 10, 2011

Brilliant!! I could use that pick me up right about now… do you think this works as a breakfast treat? ;)


2 Amy | She Wears Many Hats May 10, 2011

This sounds fabulous! Will definitely remember this one.


3 Estela @ Weekly Bite May 10, 2011

Amazing Heather!!! Two of my favorite desserts combined into one :)


4 Ali May 10, 2011

Def. not too early. :) Wonderful combination of flavors. It looks lovely.


5 Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. May 10, 2011

omg love this one!


6 Evan May 10, 2011

Whaaa? This looks incredible, Heather!

And 8 AM is certainly not too early for a little “pick me up”…especially if it comes from these leftovers :)


7 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat May 10, 2011

This is beautiful! Rum, chocolate, bananas… can’t go wrong.


8 Lesley Lifting Life May 10, 2011

Yum!!! I absolutely love the looks and sound of that!!


9 Lauren at Keep It Sweet May 10, 2011

I’ve never even considered making my own ladyfingers! This looks amazing, and so cute in individual portions:-)


10 Jessica @ How Sweet May 10, 2011

HOLY YUM. Tiramisu is my favorite dessert!


11 Maria May 10, 2011

Divine!!! I need a spoon:)


12 Susie May 10, 2011

Wow, I found your blog recently and these look heavenly!!!!!


13 Lunges and Lunch May 10, 2011

You say “pick me up,” but when I saw the title of today’s post I said (out loud) “oh shut up!” This looks RIDICULOUSLY good!!! As a dairy-free girl though, I can’t have the cheese. Do you have any other suggestions?

If not, I will live vicariously through you.



14 Shanna, Like Banana May 10, 2011

Nice work! I’m very impressed and this looks tasty as can be. Btw, never knew that tiramisu meant pick me up! Neat :)


15 janetha @ meals & moves May 10, 2011

I had no idea that that is what it meant! Cool. This looks so gooooooooooood.


16 birdie to be May 10, 2011

Yum… this looks so good. I will definitely bookmark this recipe.


17 Ellie@fitforthesoul May 10, 2011

haha omgshhh! I was JUST ABOUT to make this from joy of baking 2 days ago! but ended up not making it b/c I knew we’d all be too full. beautiful pictures! and food. :)


18 Colie @ Phillie Foodnatic May 10, 2011

This looks AMAZING! I would eat it for breakfast! You get your caffeine and potassium all in one shot, sounds like the perfect breakfast to me!


19 Stephanie @cookinfanatic May 10, 2011

Those look amazing! They are definitely on my list of desserts to make asap, wow, so delicious.


20 Brenda May 11, 2011


I know this may be a random question…. but were you grocery shopping at the Walmart by the Flatirons Mall a few days ago?


21 Heather May 11, 2011

I was!


22 Brenda May 13, 2011

Wow! Well, now I regret not saying hi. Dang. Do you live in the Broomfield or Boulder area then? Love you blog by the way. : )


23 Heather May 13, 2011

aw thanks! i live more in the broomfield area but work in boulder :)


24 Brenda May 15, 2011

Sweet. I live in Broomfield too. Well maybe someday we can meet up for coffee before I leave for grad school in August? If that sounds too weird or creepy, I totally understand. I have just always loved your blog, and the fact that you are so open about your faith (I am a Christian too!).

25 Jun May 12, 2011

Mmmmm, looks so good!!!


26 phd in yogurtry May 13, 2011

What a refreshing pick me up. Want to be adventurous in the kitchen and give this a try.


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