Tiramisu: Source: a Friend: Cir; 1990’s
Tiramisu, when you do some research on this famous Italian dessert is pretty new. It seems it was first discovered in the 1960's, in a restaurant in Treviso. Treviso coincidentally, is where my family hails from, which could explain our deep-rooted love for this Italian beauty. I know of two ways to make this dessert. First, is the complicated and timely way which involved making your own biscuit or cake base, which isn't so bad, but the real difficult part is making the zabaglione. It truly takes a fine talent to create this delicacy, however, the results of this finished Tiramisu are memorable to say the least. The second option for making Tiramisu is the quickest, most simple form, and that's what I'm going to show you in this post. Ladyfingers, marscapone, heavy cream, and a few more ingredients are what make up this culinary delight. I like this simplified version of Tiramisu...even though I felt like I was cheating the first time I made this-but you know what? I forgot about all that guilt when I had my first bite, really! I say, if you decide to make your night simple, but sweet, then try this version. I'll post the more difficult version another time, along with a nice story that I remember when my sister made it for us in the dead of summer...Until then just remember that a cheat isn't always bad.
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup mascarpone cheese
- 2 cups coffee brewed
- 2-3 TBS italian liquor amaretto, or whatever you have that is close
- 2-3 TBS cacao powder for the final light dusting
- 3 packs lady fingers typically, 1 store bought package is 2 packs of 20. You will need about 1 1/2 packs, so about 3 individual wrapped fingers
- 2-3 TBS sugar or to taste in the cream
Gather your ingredients, including a baking dish that is 3" or deeper.
Begin to whip your cream until it's stiff, but not firm. Add your sugar
Add the mascarpone and whip together for about 20 seconds
I like to see some clumpy texture, because you really appreciate it when you are eating it. If it's too smooth, that's also ok, but my preference is to have it a bit on the chunky side.
Brew your coffee and set aside
add your liquor
combine the liquor and coffee in a nice dipping bowl, large enough for the length of the ladyfingers
take your lady fingers and dip the underneath part only in the coffee/liquor mixture, then layer in the dish
layer until the bottom is complete
next, add a layer of your cream/mascarpone mixture. Repeat the second layer w/ lady finger's and then alternatively the cream mixture.
after final cream layer is spread, powder on your cacao powder.