Thanksgiving in our house is quite different that the traditional American Thanksgiving. First off, there's no turkey. Secondly, my mom makes a glorious display of Thanksgiving inspired Indian dishes! From masala dosa with cranberry chutney to stuffing upma (or bread upit) and spicy herb yams, we always enjoy a large variety of dishes. The only thing I personally demand every year is pumpkin pie! I love pumpkin pie. The wonderful blend of spices and sweet, and yet it's not that sweet; perfect for someone without a strong sweet tooth!

What do you get when you combine two of my favorite desserts in the world, pumpkin pie and tiramisu? Basically, it's one of the greatest desserts ever created by man. I was a little skeptical about how well this combination of flavors would be received by all of our thanksgiving guests, but it was a hit. Even without adding the usual brandy, rum, or amaretto, everyone loved the wonderful blend of flavors.

One warning I have about this recipe is that you should be careful in blending the cornstarch mixture into the pumpkin creme. If this step is not done properly, you will have cornstarch lumps in your tiramisu and that is just gross.

Pumpkin Tiramisu

Recipe modified from


Pumpkin Creme

  • ⅓ cup cornstarch
  • ¼ cup water
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • ¾ teaspoon allspice
  • ¾ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¾ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Tiramisu

  • 1 pot black coffee
  • 1 package lady finger biscuits
  • 16oz mascarpone cheese
  • ground chocolate for garnishing
  • Directions:

    To make the Pumpkin Creme: In a small bowl, thoroughly mix cornstarch and water with a whisk or fork until there are NO LUMPS and set aside. In a medium saucepan, whisk together milk, pumpkin puree, maple syrup, spices and salt, and heat over medium heat until it just begins to boil, about 5 minutes. Slowly drizzle cornstarch mixture into the saucepan, whisking continuously. Cook until the mixture becomes very thick, about 5 minutes, whisking frequently. Pour the creme into a bowl and let cool about 15 minutes. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap so that the plastic wrap is touching the top of the creme. Refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

    To assemble: Soak each lady finger biscuit in coffee for a few seconds and quickly place in a large dish. Spread a layer of Pumpkin Creme on top. Repeat this process for as many layers fill up the dish or all the components run out. Alternate spreading a layer of Pumpkin Creme and mascarpone cheese between layers of biscuit.