The origins of Tiramisù are very uncertain. Apparently every region has “invented” this delicacy: and so there has been a contest of sorts, among – Tuscany, Piedmont and Veneto as to where it really came from.
The official version places the birth of Tiramisù in the seventeenth century in Siena, when some confectioners, in anticipation of the arrival of the Grand Duke of Tuscany, Cosimo de Medici, decided to make a cake to celebrate his greatness. They decided that the cake should reflect the personality of the Grand Duke: it had to be important, sweet and tasty, but at the same time prepared with simple and important ingredients.
So today’s Tiramisù, which was then been called the “soup of the Duke” in honor of Cosimo de Medici, was made famous from Codimo himself, who brought the recipe back with him to Florence, making it popular throughout Italy.
The unofficial version, however, has it that the Tiramisù was invented by a pastry chef in Turin, in honor of Camillo Benso di Cavour, to support him in his difficult task of unifying Italy.
Here’s the best Italian recipe for Tiramisù for you!
Ingredients to create Classic Italian Tiramisù
120 grams (4oz) Sugar
500 grams (18oz) Mascarpone
400 grams (14oz) ladyfinger biscuits
Caffe (made with a mocha) to soak the ladyfingers biscuits
2 tablespoon sugar for the caffe
Dark chocolate shavings
Preparation of Classic Italian Tiramisù
2. Beat with an electric mixer fitted with a whisk.
3. Until you get a nice frothy and creamy mixture .
4. Add in the mascarpone to this mixture of egg yolks
5. in a separate bowl beat the egg whites: with the an electric mixer
6. Continue beating until it can form stiff peaks. Once the egg whites are mounted perfectly add them to the mixture of egg yolks, sugar and mascarpone .Fold in the mixture gently, scooping from the bottom up.
7. Now that the cream is ready, add a spoon to the bottom of each cup or in one big pan.
8. Dip the biscuits in the Caffe, being careful not to soak too much
9. Arrange them in the cup by cutting them to the shape of the container
10. Add a dollop of cream over the layer of ladyfingers
11. level the cream and cover with another layer of ladyfingers soaked in caffe.
12. Level well and sprinkle with cocoa powder. Garnish with some chocolate curl. Store in refrigerator for a few hours. Serve chilled.
FYI: Tiramisù literally means “pick me up”, can you guess why?