Tiramisu is an Italian dessert usually made from alternate layers of sponge cake and cream. The tiramisu is a modern and not traditional dessert. It originates in the eastern part of Northern Italy, in the region of Veneto, whose capital is Venice in the fifties. Some sources specify that in the brothels of the region are the exact location of its creation.
Between the seventies, eighties and nineties, the recipe used in the restaurants in Italy used five ingredients of eggs and sugar shakes, ladyfinger cupcakes dipped in espresso and cocoa powder. There is no single recipe for making it, but variants based on a series of base ingredients that can be represented by different products.
It is made with coffee and some liquor. A tiramisu is always made up of a solid ingredients dampened in coffee, on which is superposed alternatively or not a cream whose base is eggs beaten with sugar and is dusted with cocoa powder.
Starting from these basic elements, it is possible to make different versions of the dessert using different representatives of the same and adding other ingredients. The solid and dry ingredient can be crackers, biscuits, Ladyfinger, etc. The eggs can be separated into yolks and whites. Today it is very common to add cream or fresh cheese to the eggs.
The cheese that is usually used in tiramisu is the Mascarpone because of its sweetness and consistency. However, any fresh cheese which, once beaten, can be converted into a cream can also be used. To the coffee, you can add rum or Amaretto rum some other type of liquor to aromatize it and to reinforce the flavor. Finally, it is usual to sprinkle the dessert with cocoa powder to provoke a sensation of contrast with the sweet and to reinforce the aftertaste of coffee.
Preparation Time: 60 mins
Cooking time: 10 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories per serving: 125 calories per 100 gms
3 tbsp sugar
4 cups cream cheese
1 cup coffee
2 tsp wine
20 finger shaped cookies
1 cup cocoa powder
Separate egg yolks and whites. In a bowl, beat egg yolks and sugar until thick and creamy white for 5 minutes. Add cheese and beat until smooth.
In a second bowl, beat eggs whites until fluffy and fold in the egg whites into cheese mixture. Add a tsp coffee and mix until thoroughly combined.
In another bowl, add remaining coffee and wine. Dip each cookie for 5 seconds, soaking both sides and the strawberries and use them to line a baking dish.
Spread evenly half of the cheese mixture into the dish. Arrange another layer of soaked cookies and strawberries and pour in the remaining half of cheese and smoothen the surface.
Cover tiramisu with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours. Sprinkle generously with cocoa powder, before serving.