Is Tiramisu Actually Italian? Here’s How To Make a Great One, With a Special Ingredient…

Is Tiramisu Actually Italian? Here’s How To Make a Great One, With a Special Ingredient…

Tiramisu is indeed an Italian dessert with a rich and storied history. While its origins are a subject of debate and multiple regions in Italy claim to be the birthplace of tiramisu, it is widely accepted as an Italian creation. Tiramisu, which means "pick-me-up" or "lift-me-up" in Italian, is a beloved dessert known for its creamy layers and the distinctive flavours of coffee and cocoa. It has become a symbol of Italian culinary excellence around the world.

To make a great Italian version of tiramisu, you'll need the following ingredients:

For the Mascarpone Mixture:

1 1/2 cups mascarpone cheese

3 large egg yolks

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For Assembling:

1 1/2 cups brewed espresso or strong coffee, cooled to room temperature

1/4 cup coffee liqueur (optional)

1/4 cup of Aperol (secret ingredient!)

24-30 ladyfingers (savoiardi)

Unsweetened cocoa powder, for dusting

Dark chocolate shavings or cocoa powder for garnish

A pinch of salt

Here's how to create a classic Italian tiramisu:

  1. Prepare the Coffee:

Brew a strong cup of espresso or coffee and let it cool to room temperature. If you want to add an extra layer of flavour, you can mix in the coffee liqueur with the cooled coffee. Now its time to add in the secret ingredient... Aperol.

  1. Make the Mascarpone Mixture:

In a mixing bowl, combine the mascarpone cheese, egg yolks, granulated sugar, vanilla extract, and a pinch of salt.

Beat the mixture until it's smooth and well combined. The mascarpone mixture should be creamy and slightly thick.

  1. Assemble the Tiramisu:

Dip each ladyfinger briefly into the brewed coffee mixture. Be careful not to soak them too long; a quick dip is enough to moisten them without making them soggy.

Arrange a layer of dipped ladyfingers in the bottom of a serving dish or individual serving glasses.

  1. Layer with Mascarpone Mixture:

Spread half of the mascarpone mixture evenly over the first layer of ladyfingers.

  1. Repeat Layers:

Add another layer of coffee-dipped ladyfingers on top of the mascarpone mixture.

Spread the remaining mascarpone mixture over the second layer of ladyfingers.

  1. Refrigerate:

Cover the tiramisu and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight. This allows the flavours to meld and the dessert to set.

  1. Dust and Garnish:

Before serving, dust the top of the tiramisu with unsweetened cocoa powder and garnish with dark chocolate shavings or additional cocoa powder.

  1. Serve:

Use a spoon to scoop out portions of the creamy tiramisu and enjoy your authentic Italian dessert.

Remember that tiramisu tastes even better after a few hours or overnight in the refrigerator, as it allows the flavours to meld together, creating a truly indulgent and satisfying dessert. Serve it as the perfect finale to an Italian meal, and savour the delightful combination of coffee, mascarpone, and cocoa that makes tiramisu an iconic Italian treat.