Cheating with Limoncello | LiMadeleine Torte

So, I talk a lot about how good it is for my soul to spend time sitting at the table – or standing in the kitchen – with others. But I’ve come to realize there is something else really healthy about kitchen therapy. OK, so healthy may not be the correct word when the recipe’s star is butter or bacon – but whatever the word is, I want to tattoo it on my wrist, because it would be a beautiful reminder that life is about adventure and we are all created to be creative.

LeMadeleine Serving

In the kitchen, I’m free to bend the rules. I can even break them. I’ve even been known to cheat without guilt. It feels a little bit devious and a whole lot delightful, and it’s a great escape from a world that seems to take itself far too seriously and from the nagging voice in my head that wants to confuse success with significance and tell me I’ll never amount to much (I bet that voice nags you every now and then too). Sometimes things fail – like when I tried to make a bean & bacon soup cake at the age of 8, or attempted to use texturized vegetable protein in a dinner (the garbage disposal even rejected it, and it took hours to clean off the ceiling). But oftentimes, happiness happens.


I broke a lot of rules with this little dessert. It was supposed to be Limoncello Tiramisu. And perhaps you might still be kind enough to call it that – though I think LiMadeleine Torte would suffice. I’m sure it tastes lovely with ladyfingers, but the light sweet-tart lemon cream with those buttery limoncello-kissed Madeleine cookies is quite special. It’s a perfect dessert for a sunshiney day (or even a day that needs a little sunshine). So, enjoy this sweet cheat (my hubby and friends sure did) – and maybe bend the rules a little. It’s good kitchen therapy. I promise.

LeMadeleine (or Limoncello Tiramisu with a twist)

Serves 10-12


30-36 ladyfingers OR (here’s a bend) about 24 Madeleines


For Custard: 

1/3 cup Limoncello

1/3 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon lemon zest

1/2 cup Sugar

6 egg yolks

OR (here’s a cheat)

1 jar lemon curd

2 T. Limoncello


For Whipped Topping:

2 cups heavy cream

1 tablespoon limoncello

1 cup mascarpone cheese

½ cup cream cheese


For Limoncello Syrup:

1/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

1 cup limoncello


Over medium heat, mix sugar and lemon juice until sugar dissolves. Add Limoncello and cook until bubbles form around edge of pan. Remove from heat and cool.


In a double boiler or metal bowl placed over a pot of boiling water, mix Limoncello, lemon juice, zest, sugar and egg yolks. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until smooth and thickened. Remove from heat and chill until cooled.


Whip heavy cream until soft peaks form. Gently add mascarpone and cream cheese and continue mixing until firm peaks form. Fold in cooled custard mixture. Chill in refrigerator until ready to assemble.


In a large serving dish or 9”x9” pan, line bottom and sides with Madeleines that have been soaked for a minute or so in the Limoncello Syrup. Carefully dollop about half of the cream mixture on the Madeleines. Add another layer of Madeleines and another layer of the cream mixture. Top with Madeleine crumbs that have been lightly toasted in the oven. Chill for 4 hours or overnight. Serve and smile.


Recipe inspiration from,, my local grocery store, sunshine, and a creative Creator.

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About Ronne Rock

LIFE. LOVE. LEADERSHIP. AND A LITTLE #KITCHENTHERAPY. Ronne Rock’s heart finds its strongest beat where beauty and pain collide – because hope always finds us in the shattered places. There’s more than 30 years of marketing and communications experience in her bones, and she finds great joy in sharing leadership wisdom as a regular contributor to Orange Leaders and QARA. But more often than not these days, she's with the vulnerable in difficult places around the world, gathering stories that change stories. Find Ronne's words in "For You, Love" the prayer journal that invites you to respond, and in Everbloom, a collection of stories from the Redbud Writers Guild. She is currently writing, "Building Eden: Principles of a Grace-Filled Leadership that Restores and Redeems."   Ronne is represented by Karen Neumair at Credo Communications.

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