What is Tiramsu? Recipe included
April 2, 2008 6:16pm CST
Tiramisu is a cool, refreshing Italian dessert that once tasted, leaves an indelible impression on you. Also known as "Tuscan Trifle," the dessert was initially created in Siena, in the northwestern Italian province of Tuscany. The occasion was a visit by Grand Duke Cosimo de'Medici III, in whose honor the concoction was dubbed zuppa del duca (the "duke's soup"). The erstwhile duke brought the dessert back with him to Florence. In the 19th Century, zuppa del duca became popular among the English intellectuals and artists who lived there Consequently, it is also known as zuppa Inglese. They took the dessert to England, where its popularity grew. Zuppa del duca eventually made its way to Treviso, just northwest of Venice, in the northeastern province of Veneto. Treviso is best know for its canals, frescoes and . . . Tiramisu. Stories are told about how Tiramisu was the favorite of Venice's courtesans, who needed a "pick me up" (the literal translation of "tirami-su") to fortify themselves between their amorous encounters. True? Probably not. But it makes for a colorful history. Its American popularity arose in San Francisco, and today, Tiramisu can be found in restaurants throughout the nation. A Tiramisu website visitor, who signed her letter "Elena from Treviso," presents a different view: "'Zuppa Inglese' is nothing like Tiramisù and that should prove my second point. Tiramisù is really from Treviso. Zuppa Inglese may be from Tuscany, but Tiramisù was first created in Treviso. The story about the courtesans should be true too. As far as I know Tiramisù used to be eaten by the ladies who 'worked' in the brothel above the restaurant called 'Le Beccherie,' where Tiramisù is said to have been created." Strawberry Tiramsu For 2 INGREDIENTS 1 pint fresh strawberries 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar 1 cup mascarpone cheese 1/2 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons coffee-flavored liqueur 18 ladyfingers 1/3 cup chilled espresso 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa powder DIRECTIONS Cut off the tops of the strawberries and slice the berries. Reserve 2 large whole berries for garnish. In a blender, place 2 cups of strawberries and 2 tablespoons confectioners sugar; blend to puree and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine mascarpone cheese, 1/4 cup cream, 1/4 cup sugar, and liqueur; beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed for 1 to 1 1/2 minutes until thickened. Place 6 ladyfingers on a serving plate and brush each with approximately 1 teaspoon cold espresso coffee. Spread or pipe out 1/2 of the cheese mixture over the ladyfingers, and layer with half of the sliced strawberries. Repeat with the next 6 ladyfingers, espresso, remaining cheese mixture, and sliced strawberries; top with remaining 6 ladyfingers. In a small mixing bowl, combine 1/4 cup heavy cream with 2 tablespoons sugar; beat with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until just whipped, approximately 1 minute. Spread cream evenly over top layer of ladyfingers. Dust cocoa over whipped cream, and garnish with 2 reserved strawberries. Pour strawberry puree onto two serving plates. Cut tiramisu in half, and place onto puree.
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18 Apr 08
Thanks for giving this recipe! I have heard a lot about tiramisu, but I haven't actually tried it ever. I am always thinking that I should try it sometime, but I've never really gotten the chance. It certainly sounds really good from what you've said about it. Now that you've listed the recipe for it, I will have to be sure to try it out sometime! Maybe I can use it to impress my husband with dessert some night! hehe