Plum Pineapple Tiramisu

I think food purists wouldn’t like me or my food very much. I am prone to smashing a few components of different dishes together and calling it something else. (Tiramisu-Trifle? Kiwi in Salsa? Ratatouille with Brinjal & Cauliflower?)

That’s the true beauty of homecooking. You get to change out anything you don’t like (or forgot to buy… ehem) and add more of what you love. It’s my type of art. Mostly because it’s edible. Also because I get to play with my food. Never bad.

I love traditional tiramisu so so much. But I know some people around me who cannot take coffee for health reasons. Kids are also not allowed to have caffeine, I’m told. Seeing as I myself don’t want to lie awake in bed at 3am due to caffeine rush (I cannot have coffee after lunch time. It’s terrible.), I decided to swap out the coffee & cocoa for fruitier flavours!

Nothing here, besides those Savoiardi cookies, are classic to tiramisu. But who bother eh? I find mascarpone a little too expensive so instead, I use cream cheese lightened up with a bit of heavy cream. Works a treat!
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I used unsweetened pineapple juice to moisten them cookies. No, I didn’t want to use the syrup from that can of pineapple rings. The cookies already come with a sugar crust on them so no need for that extra sugary rush! You can most definitely use freshly squeezed orange juice too. I had none. Would have been real good!
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Layer 2: Fruit fans 🙂
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Keep on layering. If brick-laying is this fun, I’d do it.
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You can tell I ran out of fruits pretty quickly. Haha! Just make sure you have plenty. (ie, don’t be me.)
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A few strawberry fans to glam this up and into the fridge it goes to chill out.
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Oooorrr if you happen to have a nice garden nearby, it can chill out there too.
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Distinct layers but melded together all the same.
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Isn’t this one pretty dessert?
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It’s not really that hard to impress 😉 Why even bother what it’s called.


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Plum Pineapple Tiramisu
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 8-10
  • 2 packages of Savoiardi Cookies (Ladyfingers) - I used about 16 cookies
  • 1 cup unsweetened Pineapple Juice
  • 8 Pineapple Rings, cut into 1 inch sections
  • 6 Black Plums, cut into thin wedges
  • 6 oz (170 gm) Cream Cheese, soft
  • ¼ cup Heavy/Double Cream
  • 2 tbsp Powdered Sugar
  • Strawberries, for topping
  1. Get an 8x8 glass dish ready.
  2. Beat cream cheese together with powdered sugar & heavy cream in a large bowl. Let aside.
  3. Pour pineapple juice in a shallow bowl.
  4. Dip savoiardi cookies into pineapple juice & arrange into dish for the first layer. Don't leave cookie soaking in the juice. Just roll in the juice so the surface touches juice and remove immediately.
  5. Arrange pineapple & plum segments alternatively on top of the soaked biscuit layer.
  6. Top with ½ of cream cheese mixture, spreading it out evenly.
  7. Repeat once more with the cookie, fruit then finally the last ½ of cream cheese mixture.
  8. Cut strawberries to shapes of your preference & decorate top.
  9. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours before serving cold.
There may be a little extra cream cheese leftover depending on how deep your dish is.

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