Because it’s Monday… and we NEED a Tiramisù!
Last Monday I gave you some ideas to beat the Monday Blues (you can read it here): hot drinks, cheerful music and, of course, a good book to start your workweek in the best possible way. Today I have a little extra I want to share with you.. it’s just a little something for when you need a mood booster. On the 11th day of BLOGMAS I’m giving you the recipe for the best Italian dessert: the Tiramisù.
There are probably hundreds of recipes you can find on the internet: there’s the tiramisù made with whipped cream (which is almost an insult..and no, it doesn’t taste the same), some use heavy cream, others vanilla extract and milk. The original Italian recipe requires just a few ingredients: eggs, mascarpone, coffee, and biscuits.
Tiramisù is delicious but if you use the wrong ingredients (let’s say, whipped cream) or too much sugar, you’re going to make an extremely high-calorie dessert that won’t probably leave your tights (or butt) until next Christmas!
Italians consider food as one of the most simple pleasures in life; eating is not merely a material pleasure. Eating well gives a spectacular joy to life and contributes immensely to goodwill and happy companionship. It is of great importance to the morale –said Elsa Schiaparelli, one of the most prominent figures in fashion between the two World Wars.
To cook Italian you don’t need much but TWO simple things: PATIENCE and HIGH QUALITY INGREDIENTS:
- PATIENCE IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL SKILL.. take your time to read and study a recipe, don’t rush it. Learn to enjoy the intimacy of the kitchen, appreciate and respect the ingredients and, have fun.
- GOOD FOOD STARTS WITH FRESH INGREDIENTS… Make a list of the ingredients and buy only the best ones. Remember, quality is a MUST if you want to cook Italian.
You Will Need:
(serves 6-8 )
2 egg yolks
2 egg whites
1 tbsp organic cane sugar
1 1/4 cup Mascarpone cheese (about 250 gr)
1/2 cup espresso, cooled (120 ml)
1 tbsp Marsala or Rum
Italian Ladyfingers (Savoiardi)
Whisk together egg yolks (at room temperature) and organic cane sugar until well blended
I’ve never had a problem with adding raw eggs, simply because I make sure I use ONLY the freshest and (again) high-quality eggs possible. Remember: good food starts with fresh ingredients!
The best substitute for white sugar is organic cane sugar. Organic cane sugar is unrefined sugar minus the cancer-causing and environmentally damaging pesticides present in conventionally grown sugarcane. Compared to white sugar, organic cane sugar is much less processed: it contains 17 amino acids, 11 minerals and 6 vitamins, including antioxidants. White sugar is just sucrose and calories, plus traces of those chemicals utilized in the refining process such as lime, sulfur dioxide, and phosphoric acid.
Add mascarpone cheese and whisk until smooth. Beat the egg whites until they hold stiff peaks then gently fold it into the mascarpone mixture.
Folding is a gentle mixing method that allows you to incorporate delicate ingredients, like egg whites, without causing deflation. The extra air trapped inside will make the mixture light and fluffy.
In a small bowl, combine coffee and Marsala
Let’s talk about coffee: Italians do it better! Yeah, I know… it’s cliche, but if you ever tried espresso you know what I am talking about: the aroma, the taste..there’s no comparison. I use the Moka for my espresso, it’s a Bialetti Moka Espress 3 cups espresso maker ($29 on Amazon). This is what I like, but you can use your regular coffee.
Italians use Marsala but if you can’t find it I suggest Rum. It goes great with chocolate and coffee. For a non-alcoholic version, leave the Marsala out of the recipe all together… I don’t suggest using rum extracts simply because those alter the taste.
Line the bottom of a 9-inch square dish with soaked ladyfingers then spoon 2 or 3 spoons of mascarpone filling over it and spread into an even layer. Arrange a second layer of filling and repeat
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 6 hours
When ready to serve, dust with grated chocolate or cocoa powder.
Tiramisù is probably one of the easiest to make dessert, and definitely one of the tastiest. Tiramisù is a perfect end to a meal or whenever you need an extra boost of sweetness.
Hope you enjoy! Happy Holidays everyone!