By: Nadia Funaro
For every Italian family, food is very important. Every celebration and family get-together is incomplete without a table filled with bread, cold cuts, cheese, pizza, pasta, pastries and cakes. The Italian dessert that ends up on the table at every family occasion is Tiramisu. It is also one of Italy’s many famous desserts. Tiramisu translated into English means “pick me up”. It is a very uplifting cake that is to be served at happy occasions. The origin of this cake is unknown for certain, but for now, people are settling with the idea that it comes from a town called Treviso which is located in Veneto. Whatever its real origin, we all know that this cool, refreshing cake is always “buonissimo”!
Growing up in my large Italian family, my relatives were very determined to get me to learn my family’s way of making their famous Tiramisu. This recipe is very special because it has been passed down from generation to generation. It holds a special place in my heart and kitchen because I can remember my grandmother and mother singing Italian songs while preparing it, as I would watch in awe. It is nice to see how much of my family’s culture from Italy was expressed in my food.
I now display the recipe with hopes that it will bring you the joy that I have when I make it as well as eat it!
- 500g of Mascarpone
- 1 ½ cups espresso, cooled
- 6 eggs
- 6 tablespoons sugar
- 2 packages of Lady Fingers
- 2 oz of Rum
- ½ cup bittersweet chocolate shavings, for garnish
1. In a large bowl, separate egg yolks from egg whites.
2. Beat egg yolks with sugar until creamy and smooth.
3. Add mascarpone.
4. Beat egg whites until firm and fluffy and then fold into mascarpone mixture.
5. Mix rum and cooled coffee in a separate bowl.
6. Dip Lady Fingers into coffee (don’t keep too long or they will become soggy. 2 seconds on each side will do).
7. Layer the bottom of a pan with dipped Lady Fingers.
8. Cover with mascarpone mixture.
9. Repeat biscuits and mascarpone mixture layers.
10. Sprinkle with semi-sweet chocolate shavings or cocoa.
11. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
12. Serve and enjoy!