Tiramisu is perhaps Italy’s most famous dessert. Created by layering coffee-soaked ladyfinger biscuits with sweet mascarpone cream and then adding a dusting of cocoa powder on top, this treat is usually served cold. The name Tiramisu literally translates to “picks me up,” and there are a variety of origin stories for this delicious dessert.
Most sources agree that Tiramisu was first created in the 1960s in Venice, and the first time the word appears in the dictionary is in 1980. There is great debate, though, regarding who is the original creator of this dessert. Some sources credit a baker in Treviso, Italy and his apprentice, while others attribute the creation to the Grand Duke of Tuscany Cosimo III.
The original Tiramisu recipe calls for simple ingredients: biscuits, egg yolks, sugar, coffee, mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder. Later versions soak the biscuits in coffee-flavored liquor, and add egg whites to the custard filling. Other variations include adding layers of fruit, or fruit filling, such as lemon, strawberry, coconut and even adding beer to the mix!
Tiramisu is traditionally made in a square or rectangular cake pan, but more elegant displays show off the gorgeous layers in glasses. Our tiramisu can be ordered in sheet cakes or in beautiful round cakes ready to be displayed on your table. Add some fresh whipped cream, and a dusting of cocoa powder, and you have an instant party pleaser.
Tiramisu can be served with any beverage, but of course pairs best with hot coffee. Try some and enjoy!