Tiramisù is, in spite of its quite short history, definitely a classic Italian dessert and, like most classics of Italian cuisine, there are probably as many recipes as families in Italy!
Liqueur or no liqueur? Cream or mascarpone only? Sugar in the coffee or not? Cooked cream or (very very fresh) raw eggs? Egg whites (beaten along with the yolks?) or not? Zabaione?
Of course I have a personal point of view on tiramisù and my recipe is a no-liqueur, no-cream, no-sugar one, a few egg whites beaten along with the yolks. I love zabaione (I'll soon post the recipe) that is gorgeous all alone with no need of mixing it with other ingredients.
So, here it goes (serves 6):
250 gr mascarpone "cheese"
1 (very fresh) organic egg
2 (very fresh) organic egg yolks
2 tbsp sugar
1 pinch of salt
About 200 gr savoiardi bisquits (lady fingers)
Bitter cocoa powder
Make coffee and let it cool.
Beat the eggs, egg yolks, sugar and salt until the sugar is well dissolved and the mixture is light and foamy.
Put the mascarpone in a bowl and mix it until it's a uniform cream. Add the egg-sugar mixture bit by bit stirring gently (if you overwork it it will separate and curdle!).
Dip the savoiardi in the coffee, I like them well soaked (no cruncyness in my tiramisú) but watch out, you don't want them to be soggy!
Spread a few spoonfuls of cream in a rectangular mold and cover with the bisquits, add more cream to cover and repeat until the ingredients are over, finish with cream and sprinkle with cocoa powder.
I have to admit that, even if I really appreciate a good tiramisù from time to time, I prefer to experiment with mascarpone cream a bit and create new desserts.
Just a few examples:
- Arrange in individual bowls and serve with nocino (green walnut liqueur).
- Put some broken amaretti bisquits on the bottom of individual bowls, cover with a portion of cream and sprinkle with fresh peaches cut in small cubes and marinated in a little marsala wine & sugar (I do like to keep the cruncyness of the amaretti here so I make this just minutes before serving).
- Marinate some fresh strawberries in vinsanto, marsala or other sweet wine. Arrange in individual bowls and cover with the cream.
- Serve with your favourite red wine reduction (1 part sugar, 6 parts red wine and let reduce until thick).
Give it a try and let me know!
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