Tiramisù is one of the most famous Italian desserts and is known all over the world. The word 'tiramisù' literally means 'lift me up' and refers to the energy boost you will get from the coffee and sugar contained in the recipe.
In Italy every mother has a secret recipe for Tiramisù and every child will probably say that the best one they have ever tasted is the one their mother makes.
I am going to share my recipe with you and my secrets! Everyone who has tasted my Tiramisù has said that it is the best ever!
In the original recipe savoiardo biscuits were used but I prefer to use a chocolate sponge cake to layer the Tiramisù. Also, chocolate chip cookies taste awesome in it!
- Chocolate sponge cake (either your own favourite recipe or a good quality cake bought from the shop)
- 250g mascarpone cheese
- 4 eggs (whites and yolks separated)
- 8 tablespoons sugar
- Italian style espresso coffee
- Chocolate drops (optional)
- Coffee liqueur or Marsala (I like use 'San Marzano Borsci' which is a liqueur made in Puglia where I was born and to me it is the best accompaniment for Tiramisù!)
- Cocoa powder to decorate
- Prepare the coffee. I suggest you to prepare the coffee when you need it rather than using leftover coffee. Add sugar to taste. Personally, I prefer it without sugar.
- Whip the egg whites with one or two tbs of sugar. Whip the yolks with the remaining sugar until smooth and light.
- Add the egg yolks and sugar to the mascarpone cheese using a whisk and then gently fold in the whisked egg whites. Some people prefer to use whipped cream rather than egg whites in which case whip the cream with the mascarpone before adding the egg yolks. Add some liqueur, to taste, if you like it.
- Cut some of the chocolate sponge cake into small cubes (12-15 pieces) and slice the rest.
- Put the slices of cake into a bowl and soak them with the coffee.
- Layer the Tiramisù by placing half the coffee soaked cake into a dish and covering with half of the mascarpone mousse. At this point, if you like, sprinkle on a few chocolate drops.
- Make another layer with the remaining cake and then top with the remaining mascarpone mousse.
- Finish by dusting the top with cocoa powder and dotting the chocolate sponge cake cubes over the surface.
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My name is Maria Clelia (my nickname is Cle). I was born and raised in the countryside of Southern Italy in the region of Puglia. It is said that first I learned to cook and then I learned to read.
My first teacher in the kitchen was my Mother and it was she who taught me all the basics on which I built my great passion for cooking. I now share this passion through the internet by means of my blog.
I think cooking says a lot about us and our history and I love to taste different local dishes during my travels. But, inspite of being very experienced in the kitchen and having a love of experimenting with new combinations, in the end my favourite dishes are always the simple ones. I much prefer the old recipes of the poor peasants and my Grandmother.
I hope I can manage to bring a little bit of Italy to your table with my recipes.
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