The Tiramisù [tee-rah-mee-SOOH] is a Venetian speciality (from Treviso). It has a funny name, because Tiramisù in Italian means “lift me up“. Italian Tiramisu is famous in the whole world as a creamy delicious dessert. My mother didn’t like cooking very much and Tiramisù was one of the few dessert she used to prepare from time to time… like 1 or 2 times in a year. So you can understand that it was a real treat for me. She prepared it without ladyfingers biscuit though, because she used the cookies that we had at home at the moment.
Italian Tiramisu Recipe
Italian Tiramisu Ingredients (about 4 servings)
- 500 g Mascarpone cheese
- 5 egg yolks
- 3 egg whites
- 200 g sugar
- 300 g ladyfingers biscuits
- 1 cup of strong coffee
- 1/2 glass of Marsala or other fortified wine
- chocolate chips (the original recipe doesn’t contain chocolate chips but they make the Tiramisù taste even better. You can freely decide if use them or not)
- unsweetened cocoa powder
Italian Tiramisu Preparation
- Prepare the coffee and let it cool down.
- Whip the egg yolks with the sugar until the mixture is white and fluffy.
- With a wooden spoon, mix the mascarpone until it becomes a smooth cream without lumps.
- Unite the mascarpone to mixture of eggs and sugar, stirring well.
- Whisk the egg whites with a pinch of salt and gently add them to the egg-mascarpone cream.
- Mix Marsala with coffee.
- Take a casserole. Dip quickly the ladyfingers in the marsala + coffee liquid: the cookies must be well soaked, but not completely.
- Cover the bottom of the casserole with the soaked biscuits.
- Spread generously the mascarpone cream and the chocolate chips over the cookies.
- Form multiple layers with cookies & cream.
- Sprinkle the top layer with the cocoa.
- Cover with plastic wrap and keep in the fridge for at least 2 hours.
Buon appetito! [bwohn ahp-peh-TEE-toh] Enjoy your Italian Tiramisu!