Tiramisu is an Italian dessert made out of Savoiardi (ladyfingers) dipped in coffee, layered with a custard-like mixture, mascarpone and chocolates or cocoa. A dessert that is very popular that the flavours have been adapted into many types of sweet dishes such as puddings, cakes, breads and other desserts.
The origins of this dessert might have originated from the Zuppa Inglese due to its similarity. But again, like any other popular dishes, it has some several claims on who invented it. One example is that several sources claim that Tiramisu was invented by Francesca Valori in Treviso at Le Beccherie restaurant. It was then named by Roberto Linguanotto the confectioner in the said restaurant and the Francesca’s godfather to honour her culinary skill; it was named after her maiden name “Tiramisu”. Some said it was invented in the city of Sienna by confectioners who created it in honour of Cosimo III when he visited the city.
Tiramisu, if directly translated, means “pick me up” which metaphorically means “make me happy”. That makes perfect sense as that’s what the caffeine and cocoa content in this dish makes to you. And as a final thought, can you imagine what sort of reactions Francesca has when she was still single and people asks her Surname.
6 egg yolks
1 cup white sugar
250g mascarpone cheese
250ml fresh cream
2 packets lady’s finger
1 1/2 cup very strong espresso
1 cup dark chocolate, shavings
cocoa powder, for dusting
1. In a double boiler, mix together egg yolks and sugar in low heat, cook for about 10 minutes while constantly stirring. Remove from heat and whip yolks until thick.
2. Add the mascarpone into the yolk mixture and beat until combined.
3. In another mixing bowl, whip cream until it forms stiff peaks.
4. Fold the whipped cream and mascarpone mixture together then set aside.
5. Put the coffee into a shallow dish or plate, then dip in a lady finger one at a time, soak only for a few seconds and make sure they are not soggy.
6. Place a layer of coffee soaked lady fingers into the bottom of your serving dish, then scoop some of the cream filling, and then place chocolate shavings on top. Repeat this process until you have 2 to 3 of these layers then finishing it with a cream filling on top and garnishing with chocolate shavings.
7. Chill well, top with cocoa powder then serve.
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