Think of the deep and rich taste of coffee, the delicacy and luxury of the mascarpone with the fragrance of the sponge biscuits all combined together to create one of the most famous desserts in the world: the Tiramisu'.
Tiramisu' is still one of the most loved Italian desserts. A timeless classic, one of those that will steal and tickle your taste buds forever. My mouth waters just by looking at it!
There are many legends about this dessert.
It seems that Tiramisu' was born in the late seventeenth century in Siena when the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo III de 'Medici decided to take a break in the city for a few days.
The confectioners in Siena were eager to prepare a special dessert that would represent nobility in honor of the Grand Duke. This dessert was later called "The Soup of the Duke."
The Duke loved it so much that he decided to take the recipe to Florence.
So it was that the "Soup of the Duke" became famous to beyond the borders of the Grand Duchy and soon reached Venice.
It became so popular and loved by the courtiers and it was considered exciting and aphrodisiac; there was a habit of consuming large portions before every sexual encounter.
Then the "Soup of the Duke" changed its name to become the "pick-me-up" or Tiramisu'.
I have made single portions which are quite convenient and look quite cute in a glass. They would make a special treat for your Valentine or they can be made in advance for a dinner party.
Make them and enjoy every mouthful.. and don't say you were not warned about its aphrodisiac properties.. 🙂
This recipe serves 2
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
This is what you need for your Tiramisu':
Mascarpone cheese, lady fingers biscuits (or savoiardi), strong coffee, eggs, sugar and cocoa powder.
Make the coffee, add 1 tbsp of sugar, stir and let it cool down in a bowl.
Whip the yolks with the sugar until pale and creamy then add the mascarpone and mix.
Whisk the egg whites to a firm consistency and fold them gently with the mixture. You want a creamy and soft consistency.
Dip the biscuits into the coffee. Don't leave them in for too long as you don't want them to be too soggy.
Put a few soaked biscuits at the bottom of each glass, pour some of the mascarpone mixture on top and then make another layer. Finish off with a dust of cocoa powder. Sprinkle some pieces of chocolate on top (optional).
Put it in the fridge for a couple of hours before serving.