I am very happy that you are coming along with Foods of The World on our trip to Italy. I am bringing a very special dessert for one of our stops. Tiramisu is said to be one of Italy's most popular desserts and it is clearly one of my favorites. Once referred to as The Soup of The Duke, it is believed to have originated in Northern Italy in the Veneto area. The romantic city of Venice is the capital city of Veneto. This rich coffee flavored dessert is often served on special occasions in Italian homes and restaurants. Tiramisu means "pick me up", and should be savored with each bite of the layered creamy dessert. On January 17, 2013 Tiramisu was declared the official dish of the 6th World Day of Italian Cuisine.
The original recipe for Tiramisu is layered with coffee soaked Savoiardi Biscuits with another layer of Mascarpone Cream, sometimes using raw eggs and topping the layers with cocoa powder. Some recipes will call for a mixture of wine or other liquors with the cheese mixture. My recipe has eliminated the raw eggs and is presented as a Parfait.
Miz Helen's Kitchen
4- 8-ounce servings
1 7-ounce package Lady Fingers
1 cup very strong black coffee
1 8-ounce block cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla or liquor
2 teaspoons cocoa powder
In a chilled mixing bowl, whip together 3/4 cup heavy cream adding 1/2 cup sugar, whip to soft peaks.
Refrigerate the whipped cream until called for
In a mixing bowl mix the cream cheese,vanilla or liquor and the remaining cream and sugar mix until creamy and thoroughly blended
Break one Lady Finger in half and quickly dip in the black coffee and place in the bottom of the serving container
Next drop enough of the cream mixture on the dipped Lady Finger to cover it well with an ample serving
Next repeat the layers until the serving container is filled almost to the top
Top with a large dollop of the whipped cream and dust with the cocoa powder
Refrigerate for 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving
Garnish with 1/2 of a Lady Finger
Begin The Layers
Complete The Layers
Ready To Serve
Serving Two or More
Or Enjoy Alone!
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Ireland on March 11, 2014
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