Tiramisù: The Best Italian Dessert!

Sara Provenzano

Sara Provenzano is the Contributing Editor at Global Storybook (Italy).
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Tiramisù is the Italian dessert par excellence, a masterpiece, which is also very easy to make, since all that you need are just four main ingredients: mascarpone, eggs, Savoiardi (biscuits) and coffee.  In some versions the cream is also flavored with Marsala liquor.

The dessert’s origins are often disputed between the following Italian regions: Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Tuscany.

Tiramisù’s Ingredients: 

To prepare tiramisù according to the original recipe you need the following ingredients (for one serving, up to 6 people):

  • 3 eggs
  • 300g of Mascarpone
  • 120g of sugar
  • 20 Savoidardi biscuits
  • 1 cup of coffee
  • salt
  • unsweetened cocoa powder

The original shape of the cake is round, although the shape of ladyfingers favors the use of a rectangular or a square-shaped baking dish, promoting the classic image that looks like a “tile”.  However, it is also often prepared inside a round glass, which actually shows the dessert’s various layers.

The cake is usually served cold, right after removing it from a refrigerator, where it’s kept for at least 2 hours.

Please note, over time some of the original ingredients were replaced – mainly the coffee, and numerous new versions were created, such as: tiramisu with chocolate, strawberry, amaretto, berry, lemon, pineapple, yogurt, banana, raspberry, coconut and even… beer!

A Glass of Tiramisù

A Glass of Tiramisù

How to make the Italian Tiramisù:

To prepare a delicious Tiramisù dessert – start with breaking the eggs, while separating the yolks from the whites.  Mix the egg yolks with sugar, keeping 2 teaspoons aside, and work on it until the mixture looks frothy and light.

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Add mascarpone to the whipped egg yolks, using a spoon, and whisk the mixture by hand until it becomes smooth and homogeneous.  In a separate bowl, mix the egg whites until they become stiff, with a pinch of salt, using an electric mixer and then add it to the cream, stirring from the bottom up.

To prepare the Tiramisù’s base, mix half of Savoiardi biscuits with sweetened coffee and place it onto a baking pot, one after another.  Pour half of the cream (make sure that it’s on an even level), with a spatula and pulverize it with cocoa.  Sprinkle the remaining biscuits with coffee and arrange them evenly inside the baking pot, then complete it by adding the remaining cream mixture.

Sprinkle the cake with cocoa and place it in a fridge until ready to serve, for at least two hours.  Before serving, sprinkle the cake with cocoa powder once more.

Then try it, and let me know how it tastes!

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