means pick-me-up; this makes sense with one of the main ingredients being
espresso, coffee packed full of caffeine.
The origin of Tiramisu’ is said to have been born in a town called Treviso
located in Italy at a restaurant called Le Beccherie. This dessert
instantaneously along with its name became extremely popular throughout Italy.
In 1981, Giuseppe Maffioli stated in an article, “Tiramisu’ was born recently,
just 10 years ago in the town of Treviso. It was proposed for the first time in
the restaurant Le Beccherie. The dessert, and its name, became immediately
extremely popular, and this cake and the name where copied by many restaurants
first in Treviso then all around Italy”. Ado and Alba Campeol, owners of the
restaurant Le Beccherie, still makes this dessert with its original recipe:
Le Beccherie Tiramisu
Ladyfingers soaked in strong bitter espresso
Bitter Cocoa Powder
Eventually this recipe made its way outside of Italy
and over to the United States. Tiramisu is a dessert that has become a favorite
Basic components of the dessert consist of:
Mascarpone Cheese is a triple cream cheese generally made from low fat cream
taken from cows whose diet has been special grasses made up of flowers and fresh
herbs. This special diet produces a cream that is described as a unique and
fresh delicious taste.
Ladyfinger cookies are known as savoiardi in Italy. They are little, sweet,
dry, and finger-shaped sponge cake cookies.
The Coffee Dip
1 ½ Cups Espresso Coffee
2 Teaspoons Sugar
Prepare a strong espresso coffee, about 1 ½ cups. Dissolve 2 teaspoons sugar in
the hot coffee. Cool to room temperature. Set aside.
4 Egg Yolks
½ Cup Sugar
1 lb Mascarpone Cheese, at room temperature
1 Cup Heavy
Beat the 4 egg yolks in a double boiler until they are
fluffy. Beat in the ½ cup of sugar. Add the Marsala wine. Whisk until the cream
thickens. The zabaglione filling will thicken just before it reaches the boiling
point, when small bubbles appear. Set aside.
10 oz Savoiardi (ladyfinger cookies)
2 Tablespoons Bitter Cocoa Powder
In a medium size bowl, using a rubber spatula mash the mascarpone cheese until
creamy. Add in the zabaglione and beat to mix well. Whip the heavy cream until
thick. Fold the whipped cream into the zabaglione cheese filling until smooth.
Assemble the Cake
One at a time, lightly soak ladyfingers in the
coffee. Line a 12 x 8 dish in a single layer with the soaked ladyfinger cookies.
Evenly spread half of the zabaglione cheese filling over the ladyfingers. Repeat
with a second layer of coffee soaked ladyfingers and spread the remaining
zabaglione filling. Finish off by dusting the top with the cocoa powder.
Refrigerate about 3 to 4 hours.
There are many different ways Tiramisu is made and many different things that
can be added to it.
Strawberries, chocolate, peanut butter, peach brandy, and mixed berries are
all ingredients that add a twist to this favorite dessert. Tiramisu with a tasty
sugar cookie recipe to replace ladyfingers would be a good replacement to
Tiramisu cheesecake and a Tiramisu dessert pizza are two other takes on this
There are many resources to find a favorite Tiramisu recipe or to
find many favorites. The RecipeZaar has the
Barefoot Contessa’s Tiramisu
recipe and d
Joy of Baking has a large number of Ladyfinger recipes.
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