The word Tiramisù means “pick me up,” and it comes from the Treviso dialect, “Tireme su.”
The main ingredients are Mascarpone cheese, Zabaglione cream, Espresso coffee, Savoiardi cookies (also known as Ladyfingers), and a topping of chocolate.
According to a few historical records, this amazing dessert was created in 1800 as an aphrodisiac pudding. However, it is not until 1980 that we can find its recipe, described in one of the most prestigious cooking books.
History and fun facts!
As the Tiramisù grew in popularity, several Italian regions tried to claim its origins.
In Piedmont, they alleged it was created to support Camillo Benso Count of Cavour while performing his work of Italy ‘s reunification.
In Tuscany, they said that the dessert was invented to homage the visit of Cosimo III de ‘Medici in Siena in 1600, therefore named “la Zuppa del Duca.”
In Friuli Venezia Giulia, they sustained the Tiramisù was created in 1950 in the Restaurant of the Hotel Roma (in the town of Tolmezzo) and served with the name of “Dolce Torino.”
Though the first-ever written recipe was only in 1981, on the Vin Veneto Magazine, where the prestigious food critic Giuseppe Mafioli presented the “The Legitimate Tiramisù of the Beccherie.”
Hence the creation was attributed to the Region of Veneto.
Since then, it became one of the internationally recognized “gastronomic Italianism” in 23 different languages, together with pasta, pizza, espresso, cappuccino, and spaghetti.
It is also one of the most researched words on Google, with almost 75.000.000 results!
It won the Guinness World Record twice. In 2019, the confectionery school “Teatro 7 Lab” in Milan prepared the longest Tiramisù in the world. Two hundred and seventy-five meters (900ft), for a total of fifteen thousand portions. A group of confectioneries achieved the previous record near Gorizia in 2018, with a two hundred sixty-six meters of goodness.
Do try this at home!
Making a Tiramisù at home is easier than you think. You only need to grab the right ingredients.
There are several recipes you might be able to find on the internet.
Still, we believe that to have a taste of the “real thing,” you should follow the original one from the Restaurant Le Beccherie.
Be careful: this is meant to serve 6 to 8 people!
- 450 g mascarpone
- Four egg yolks
- 100 g sugar
- 30 ladyfinger cookies (savoiardi)
- 1,5 cup espresso coffee (lightly sugared)
- Two tablespoons bitter cocoa powder
- Prepare the espresso coffee, add sugar, and let it cool.
- Beat the yolks and sugar together until they become fluffy.
Important: be aware of the source of the eggs, as using them raw, could expose you to Salmonella.
- Mix in the mascarpone to form a soft cream.
- Dip the ladyfingers into the coffee and place them side by side in a baking pan.
- Cover them with the mascarpone mix and proceed to layer the ingredients, with a generous layer of the mascarpone cream over the top.
- Sprinkle with the cocoa powder.
- Place in the refrigerator for about 4 hours and serve chilled.
In case you only want to savor this simple but irresistible dessert, then stop by our Restaurant: it’s always available on our Menu.
You can enjoy it while sipping an authentic cup of Italian espresso, or at the end of a fabulous meal.