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The Italian Classic – Tiramisu

Tiramisu. The name of this Italian dessert literally means "pick me up", "cheer me up" or "lift me up" or more metaphorically "makes me happy".  It describes this dessert perfectly - leaving you happy E-V-E-R-Y time!

This popular dessert is one of my favourites for a few reasons:

  • Tiramisu originated in Italy. Che meraviglia!
  • Coffee is one of the main ingredients in Tiramisu...coffee is the most important meal of the day...making Tiramisu the most important meal of the day.
  • The base of this layered dessert is made from lady's fingers (or Boudoir biscuits) - yum!
  • Tiramisu is pure elegance.
  • It is one of the easiest and most favourite desserts in my arsenal. 

Occasionally she dreams of Italy. She dreams of cheese shops, persnickety fiats, and very fine leather goods.

All you need is:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) whipping cream
  • 1 cup (250 ml) Marscarpone cheese
  • 2 Tbs (30 ml) sugar
  • 1 Tsp (5 ml) vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbs (15 ml) Jerepigo (or any sweet wine - rum will also do!)
  • 2 cups (500 ml) strong black coffee
  • 200 g ladyfinger biscuits
  • Cocoa (for dusting)

All you do is:

  • Whip cream, sugar and vanilla together. Add the cheese and liquor. 
  • Pour the coffee into a shallow dish and dip enough lady fingers into the coffee to cover the base of a 25 x 24 cm dish. 
  • Add a part of the cream mixture and level out on the biscuits. Repeat 2 or 3 times, ending with the cream.
  • Dust with cocoa and refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.


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