When it comes to European cooking, you can never go wrong with Italian cuisine. While Italy is mainly known for its classics such as their pizzas and kinds of pasta, did you know that they also offer a wide range of traditional desserts and pastries to complete your meal? Taking this into consideration, here is an amazing baking and dessert recipe for you to try making next time.
Widely considered to be the most popular of Italian desserts, Tiramisu is known for its creamy filling partnered with coffee-soaked savoiardi or sponge finger biscuits for that strong and rich flavor. And while the origin of such dessert is still under debate between the Veneto and Friuliu-Venezia Giulia regions in Northern Italy, its unique and rich taste still stands the test of time. With that, here is how you can make tiramisu using your own savoiardi.
For the savoiardi:
- Preheat the oven to 375 – degrees F (190 – degrees C).
- Line three jelly roll pans using parchment paper and prepare a pastry bag with a size 6 tip.
- For the savioardi, first, separate 4 eggs and whisk the yolks with ½ sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Continue to whisk for about 5 minutes or until the mixture turns light-colored.
- In a different bowl, beat the egg whites until it creates soft pillow-like peaks while slowly adding both salt and sugar. Then, gently fold the egg white mixture into the egg yolks.
- Sift the flour on top of the egg mixture and gently fold it in.
- Once fully mixed, transfer the mixture to the pastry bag and pipe fingers that are about 3 ½ inches long with about 1 ½ inch in between.
- Bake the savioardi at 375 – degrees F for about 15 minutes until the fingers are firm and golden brown.
For the tiramisu:
- In a medium-sized saucepan, mix together egg yolks and sugar until completely dissolved. Then, mix in the milk and let it boil under continuous stirring. Once boiling, turn off the heat and let the mixture cool slightly before covering it tightly and letting it chill in the refrigerator for about an hour.
- In a bowl, beat cream and vanilla until it forms some soft peaks.
- Take your egg yolk and milk mixture from the refrigerator and whisk the mascarpone in until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, combine coffee and rum and start dipping the savoiardi until half soaked.
- In a deep-dish container or a glass, arrange your tiramisu layer by layer. First the savoiardi, then the mascarpone mixture, then the whipped cream. Repeat each layer and top with some cocoa powder before refrigerating it for at least 4 hours until set.
As mentioned earlier, tiramisu is widely considered to be the most popular Italian dessert. And while making this recipe seems to be relatively easy, the challenge is in baking the savoiardi to the best it could possibly be. Hopefully, this article was able to provide enough information for you to make your own home-made tiramisu.
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