History: The phrase tirami su literally means “pick me up” or “pull me up” in reference to the effects of the sugar and espresso. The Tiramisu or Tiramisù is one of the most popular Italian cakes. It is made of savoiardi (a.k.a. ladyfinger biscuits) dipped in espresso or masala, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, mascarpone cheese or cream, and sugar, and topped with cocoa powder.
Why it’s awesome: It’s a cake I grew up with and is so prevalent in Italian cooking that, it’s probably the equivalent of chocolate cake in America. Everyone loves chocolate cake and everyone loves Tiramisu!
Ingredients & Portions:
- 400 grams (1 package is more than enough) of Ladyfinger cookies also know as Savoiardi but not to be confused with the home made savoiardi recipe from a few months back
- 400 grams of Mascarpone cheese, special type of Italian cream cheese which is a KEY component of this cake. You can substitute with fresh cream but your results ma vary
- 4 eggs
- 100 grams of sugar
- 4 cups of Italian espresso coffee (see this Daily Grind for a better idea)
- Cocoa powder to cover the cake
Servings: This recipe produces about 6 servings.
Cook time & Directions:
- Mix egg yolks and sugar in bowl until creamy
- Beat egg whites until stiff
- Fold in stiff egg whites and egg yolk cream
- Add in the Mascarpone or cream
- Brew your coffee and let cool
- Soak Savoiardi cookies lightly into coffee
- In a cake dish cover the bottom with a layer coffee soaked cookies, then a layer Mascarpone or cream, repeat until your ingredients are gone.
- Your top layer should be Mascarpone or cream. Then Sprinkle cocoa powder over the top and let sit in the refrigerator for a few hours before serving. I usually let it sit overnight so that all the ingredients can settle. I also use un-soaked savoiardi cookies to use around the cake as decoration. It also cleans up the edges and makes for a more finished looking cake.