31 While 31–Sweet Tea Tiramisu for Josie

Today is such a sweet day today for me and so many of my blogging friends.  Today, we’re celebrating Josie and the quickly approaching arrival of her precious baby boy!

If you’re not familiar with Josie, let me try to sum her up in just a few phrases.  Aside from being the supremely talented cook and photographer behind Pink Parsley, she’s mom to an absolutely adorable little girl, a serious Georgia Tech fan, and–as a true Southern girl–a lover of sweet tea, homemade desserts, and juicy Georgia peaches.

I am so happy to be a part of Josie’s virtual bridal shower, as I know our hostess, Annie, and all the other ladies are.  I’m even happier to make her a dessert I think she’ll really love.  With ladyfingers completely soaked in sweet tea, rich cream, and plump, juicy peaches and blueberries on top, this tiramisu adaptation has Josie written all over.  My only regret is that we can’t share it in person.  Congratulations, Josie!  I wish you and your growing family all the best!

To see all the other incredible goodies from the virtual shower, visit either Josie’s roundup or Annie’s.

sweet tea tiramisu

Sweet Tea Tiramisu

adapted from Southern Living, May 2011


2 family-size tea bags

1 1/2 c. sugar, divided

16 oz. mascarpone cheese

1 TBSP vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract

2 c. whipping cream

1 (6 oz.) package ladyfinger

2 peaches, sliced

1 c. blueberries

1 TBSP bourbon (optional)


1.  Bring 4 cups of water to a boil in a heavy saucepan.  Add tea bags.  Remove from heat, cover, and let steep 10 minutes.

2.  Discard tea bags.  Add one cup sugar and stir until fully dissolved.  Bring tea to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, stirring occasionally, 20-22 minutes (mixture should be reduce to approximately one cu).  Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.

3.  Meanwhile prepare other components for the tiramisu.  Stir together mascarpone, vanilla paste or extract, and remaining 1/2 cup sugar.

4.  Beat whipping cream at medium-high speed until soft peaks form.  Fold into mascarpone mixture.

5.  Cut ladyfingers in half horizontally with a sharp knife.  Arrange 24 halves, flat sides up, in an 11×7 baking dish.  Drizzle half the tea over the top and allow it to absorb.  Top with half the mascarpone mixture.  Repeat.  Cover and chill at least 12 hours.

6.  To serve, toss peach slices in bourbon, if desired (Sorry Josie.  None for you right now!).  Cut tiramisu into 16 (ish) pieces.  Garnish with peach slices and berries.

one year ago: beer-marinated flank steak with traditional salsa verde

two years ago: chicken and black bean quesadillas with warm corn salsa

three years ago: whole-wheat penne with turkey sausage, mushrooms, and peas

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  1. Annie
    August 18, 2011 / 11:03 am

    I love this idea so much Kelsey. Even though I don't like tea, this looks and sounds delicious to me. Gorgeous photo too! Thanks for being part of Josie's shower 🙂

  2. Michelle
    August 18, 2011 / 11:14 am

    A.MAY.ZING. I can't wait to make this.

  3. Nikki
    August 18, 2011 / 11:40 am

    Oh my gosh, it's soaked in sweet tea! Wow. Really loving this! Your description of it has me drooling for dessert at 7:30 AM! 🙂

  4. Shawnda
    August 18, 2011 / 12:43 pm

    This was such a perfect addition to the menu. I cannot wait to try it!

  5. Josie
    August 18, 2011 / 1:44 pm

    Kelsey, I was so excited when I saw what you made, and then sad that I don't actually get to try it! But you've definitely given me the push I need to make this. I especially love this version because it's pregnant-lady safe – no liquor and no raw eggs! Thanks so much for making such a beautiful dessert for my shower!

  6. Karin
    August 18, 2011 / 2:48 pm

    I must try this! I love Tiramisu and sweet tea! What a great combo!! It was fun contributing with you!!

  7. Heather of Kitchen Concoctions
    August 18, 2011 / 4:14 pm

    My boyfriend and his family loves sweet tea and this tiramisu looks wonderful!

  8. branny
    August 18, 2011 / 9:02 pm

    What a fun idea! I would love to taste that.

  9. Angela
    August 18, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    Such a clever idea! I'm not exactly southern enough for sweet tea, but I love what you did! I wonder how it would be with chai tea…hmmm… 🙂

  10. Tara
    August 18, 2011 / 11:06 pm

    This dessert looks so great, Kelsey!! I think you nailed the perfect one for Josie. 🙂

  11. Courtney
    August 18, 2011 / 11:07 pm

    This is so perfect for Josie, and I love that it uses sweet tea! What a fun way to make tiramisu!

  12. Shanon
    August 19, 2011 / 12:06 am

    Kelsey-I couldn't wait for you to post this. The combination of flavors looks awesome! I have yet to try my hand at tiramisu-now I am totally inspired.

  13. ellysaysopa
    August 19, 2011 / 1:36 am

    I have to admit that I'm not a huge fan of sweet tea at all, BUT I could definitely be persuaded in a tiramisu. 🙂 Looks delicious!

  14. Mikelle
    August 30, 2011 / 8:31 pm

    This looks great! i was so excited when i saw this, my husband loves sweet tea and i've been meaning to try making Tiramisu, this gives me the perfect excuse, Love it! Just a quick question though, when you say family size tea bags is that the regular lipton size or are they larger?

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