Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Classic Tiramisu cake

The word tiramisu literally means “Pick me up” in Italian but don’t take the expression too seriously. Tiramisu is believed to have been invented in northern Italy in the town of “Treviso”.

It is an Italian dessert consisting of layers of sponge cake soaked with coffee and brandy or liqueur layered with mascarpone cheese and topped with grated chocolate. It is considered a semifreddo (a dessert served cold but not frozen) having many variations, with only one constant ingredient-the mascarpone cheese.
Its divine taste will take you into another world with each and every bite that you relish slowly (remember the Italians love to relish their food slowly just like the French!)

Here’s how you can relish Classic Tiramisu cake:


  • 1 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 packages ladyfinger cookies or Vienna biscotti (optional)
  • ¾ cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ¼ cups heavy cream
  • ¼ cup strong freshly brewed coffee
  • 2 tbsp rum
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder

  • Mix egg yolks and sugar properly in a medium saucepan
  • Add milk and whisk the mixture over medium flame until it boils.
  • Boil it gently for about a minute
  • Allow the mixture to slightly cool down
  • Cover it tightly and put it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Take a bowl n beat cream with vanilla until a nice stiff peak forms.
  • Add mascarpone in the yolk mixture and whip it till it becomes soft.
  • In another bowl, mix rum and coffee
  • Take the ladyfinger cookie, cut it lengthwise into two halves and drizzle the coffee mixture over it.
  • Place half of soaked ladyfinger cookies on bottom of the mould or dish
  • Spread half of the mascarpone mixture over it followed by half of whipped cream
  • Repeat the layers and add cocoa
  • Cover and place it in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours until set.
  • Serve and enjoy a piece of heaven in your mouth.
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