Ease into Easter

Watch out for seasonal whiplash. Ready or not, we’re hopping madly towards the first big family gathering since Christmas. If you’re still recovering from a brutal winter, far removed from the pastel-clad merriment of egg hunts, parades, and garden parties, fear not. There’s still plenty of time to shake off any residual frost and turn out a stunning dessert.

Inspired by the brilliant fresh flavor of real berries baked into Voortman Raspberry Wafers, these light and crispy creme-filled cookies have kept me sane in the dark days of barren farmers markets and middling fresh fruit options. Now, paired with the tender ruby gems themselves, those sweet sticks become the building blocks of even greater tastes.

Swapping bland, spongy ladyfingers for these new treats from Voortman injects new life into an Italian staple. Stacking bright, vibrant layers of flavor with the greatest of ease, anyone can assemble this masterpiece in minutes.

Be it an elegant brunch or low-key gathering with friends, it’s hard to beat this invigorating combination of rich, tangy cream cut by a touch of citrus zest, lightly spiked and softened wafers, and whole fresh raspberries. Bundle up the whole pan to go and take it away on breezy springtime picnics, since it’s surprisingly stable at room temperature too.

Served immediately, the cookies will remain crunchy for a resoundingly satisfying bite, but hold up brilliantly to delayed gratification. After a day or overnight, you’ll enjoy a more tender forkful from top to bottom, easy to slice, serve, and fully embrace with an open mouth. Go ahead, prep well in advance, so you can be ready whenever your party springs to life.

Yield: Makes 8 - 10 Servings

Raspberry Wafer Tiramisu

Raspberry Wafer Tiramisu

Crunchy raspberry wafer cookies stack up with fresh fruit and dairy-free cream filling for a brilliant springtime twist on the classic tiramisu.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 (8-Ounce) Packages Vegan Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup Confectioner's Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Potato Starch
  • 1/4 Cup Amaretto, Divided
  • 1 Teaspoon Orange Zest
  • 1 (10.6-Ounce) Package Voortman Raspberry Wafers, Divided
  • 1 6-Ounce Container Fresh Raspberries, Divided
  • 1 Tablespoon Freeze-Dried Raspberries, Ground to a Fine Powder

Instructions

  1. Line an 8x8-inch baking dish with aluminum foil or parchment paper to act as a sling gor easy removal later.
  2. Place the cream cheese with in the bowl of your stand mixer and beat briefly to soften. Add in the sugar, starch, 2 tablespoons of the amaretto, and orange zest, mixing thoroughly to combine. Pause to scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula to ensure that everything is smoothly incorporated.
  3. Arrange half of of the wafer cookies in an even layer on the bottom of the pan. Brush the cookies with 1 tablespoon of the amaretto and top with half of the raspberries, distributing them as equally as possible across the exposed surface.
  4. Spoon half of the cream cheese mixture on top, carefully spreading it over the berries. Top with the remaining wafer cookies and press down firmly to make sure the layers are flush. You may crush some of the berries, but it's a small sacrifice to make for all the flavor they add.
  5. Brush the cookies with the remaining tablespoon of amaretto, top with the final half of the raspberries, and finish with the last of the cream cheese mixture. Smooth out the cream and top with a light sprinkle of the freeze dried raspberry powder all over.
  6. Chill for at least 4 hours for the best, most sliceable results, but feel free to dig in sooner if you don't mind dishing out messier but crunchier layers.

Notes

Covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated, the tiramisu will keep for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

10

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 16mg Carbohydrates: 13g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 9g Protein: 1g
All nutritional information presented within this site are intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information on BitterSweetBlog.com should only be used as a general guideline. This information is provided as a courtesy and there is no guarantee that the information will be completely accurate. Even though I try to provide accurate nutritional information to the best of my ability, these figures should still be considered estimates.

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7 thoughts on “Ease into Easter

  1. Beautiful photos as usual! You may have addressed it in the past in one of your “photo tips” posts, but how do you slice a creamy thing like this without smearing cream all over the wafer layers? I realize there’s quite a bit of fussing when setting up any photo, but these have a pretty amazing “non-smear” factor. You’re definitely a pro.

    1. That means so much to me! Getting that perfectly clean cutaway is always a challenge and still a bit of a gamble with every dessert. Some just won’t cooperate no matter what, if the cream is very soft and won’t set enough to stay in place. You best bets are to heat the knife slightly and wipe it with a slightly damp towel after every cut. If need be, stick the dessert in the freezer for 15 – 20 minutes to firm up the cream a bit more, too. Oh, and always slice straight down, never saw.

      I’m only too happy to help and share a few tips! It’s been a long time since I talked about food styling, so this is a great reminder that I should bring that feature back, if you’d be interested in more of that. Any other special requests? :)

  2. I think my hunt for the perfect dessert is over, it is really a sophisticated dessert layered with fresh fruit, wafers and cream cheese.

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