First let’s see where does the most famous dessert Tiramisu come from? What is the history?
It is not quite clear though and some say the history is somehow such as the famous coffee “espresso” which is an important part of Tiramisu.
For sure the dessert got started and created in Italy, there is no doubt about that. It is been said that it started some time in the eary 18th century and mid 2oth century – so somewhere in between.
Some sources say that it was made to celebrate a visit by the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III, to the city of Sienna. Duke Cosimo passed away in 1723, so it must have been before this date. But the name at that time was not Tiramisu. It was Zuppa Del Duca (the “Duke’s soup”).
Cosimo brought the dessert back with him to Florence, and later in the 19th Century, the Zuppa Del Duca became popular among the English intellectuals and artists who lived there. Hence the name “Zuppa Inglese”. It found its way across the channel to England and, as you can imagine, it became very popular.
Last but not least the Zuppa Del Duca came to Treviso, just northwest of Venice, in the northeastern province of Veneto.
That’s why it is been mentioned that it was created in the city of Treviso. Soem even say that this is the real origin.
The restaurant Le Beccherie supposed to be the first place where it was served and they still make it.
The owners of the restaurant, Alba and Ado Campeol, regret not having patented the name and the recipe to avoid all the speculation and guessing about the origin of this cake.
What does Tiramisu mean?
Tiramisu means “pick-up” in Italian, derived from the high energy content (eggs and sugar) and the caffeine of the strong espresso coffee.
What does Tiramisu consist of?
It is a layered cake without baking. The ingredients are lady fingers, brandy, eggs, espresso coffee, mascarpone and cocoa powder, nothing more and nothing less.
What is Mascarpone?
Mascarpone has been produced already in the 13th century in the Lombardy region of northern Italy, where it took its name from mascherpa, the local term for a sort of ricotta cheese. Mascarpone is more than a cheese: it’s a concentrate of milk cream with a fat content up to 75%, with a smooth, creamy, and sweet texture. There is no substitute for the real Tiramisu, you must use Mascarpone or make it yourself – Click here for How to Make Mascarpone
Ingredients Dessert Tiramisu
4 egg yolks
4 table spoons sugar
500 g Mascarpone
2 cups cold espresso
1 shot brandy
lady fingers, one package
Cooking Instructions Dessert Tiramisu
– Brew 2 cups of Italian espresso (Starbucks has a good one) and let it cool off completely. To speed it up use the fridge or freezer.
– Mix egg yolks with sugar and whisk until foamy.
– Add Mascarpone and mix it well.
– Add 1 shot of brandy to the cold espresso.
– Turn lady fingers in espresso and place them into a bowl; I always use a long, rectangular shaped glass bowl.
– Make 2 layers of Mascarpone cream and lady fingers.
– Keep the Tiramisu for at least 5 hours in the fridge or overnight; it should be firm and not creamy anymore.
– Before serving dust a thin layer of dark unsweetened cocoa powder on top.