No Italian restaurant menu is truly complete without tiramisu. Literally meaning ‘pick me up’ in Italian, tiramisu certainly delivers on its namesake every time. Made with layers of coffee and liquor soaked sponge biscuits, mascarpone cream and cocoa or chocolate, tiramisu has the perfect combination of sweetness, creaminess and bitterness all rolled into a dessert that packs a punch which renders one into a state of utter contentment.
Tiramisu is the type of dessert that can be eaten at any time of the day, mid afternoon being my favorite, delivering a lovely dose of caffeine and sugar to get me through to dinner. I can recommend this as a great tip when travelling in Italy. Forget Red Bull, Tiramisu gives you wings!
It is therefore no surprise that there have been many claims for the invention of this dessert. Most believe that it was invented in the 1970’s by a restaurant called Le Beccherie, in Treviso. Others say it heralds from Tuscany, invented in the 17th century when layered desserts were popular. On our most recent trip to Italy we met a chef in Friuli who claimed to have discovered local origins of the dessert. Regardless of its origins, tiramisu now belongs to all of Italy.
Tiramisu is easy to make at home and can be made a day ahead to make entertaining easy. Click here for my recipe, Buon Appetito!