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Feb 5, 2013


When you think of Italian desserts, what is the first thing that pops in your head? Biscotti? Ricotta cheesecake? Panna cotta? Of course not. It's tiramisu! It's fame has been ubiquitous from its birthplace in the province of Tuscany all the way to the streets of Hong Kong. It's a dessert that boasts simplicity, versatility, and outright deliciousness, what's not to love? Not to mention its prep time can be done in less than 15 minutes and there's no cooking involved.

In essence, you only need the following to make tiramisu: ladyfingers, espresso, mascarpone cheese, sugar, eggs, heavy whipping cream, and liqueur (optional). First, you soak the ladyfingers into the espresso that's been mixed wih sugar, egg yolks, and liqeur. In a separate bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients. From there on, you can start assembling by alternating the components layer by layer. It's best if it's refrigerated for at least four hours, or overnight.


As you can see, it's ridiculously quick and easy to make tiramisu at home. Even the kids can have fun preparing this special treat. In addition, notice that the instructions above isn't too detailed. That's because you're free to customize it to your taste or whatever it is you have lying in your pantry. For instance, you're getting ready for a special dinner date and you want to end it with a romantic dessert. You can amp up the luxury by sprinkling shaved truffle on top and adding more wine for the mascarpone mixture. You can really get creative with the ingredients with the basic recipe just by substituting ingredients. Let yourself be inspired by the internet as it's inundated with different types of tiramisu, from classically Italian to out-of-the-box fusion.


There is no excuse for anyone to at least give it a try . Who knows? You may discover that you like your version better than the usual place you always get it from. It's just hard to imagine anyone not liking this dessert, unless you're allergic to most of the ingredients. And even if that's the case, you can always substitute ingredients.

It's a dessert originally made for a duke. It's not overtly sweet, it's texturally exciting, and it's complex in terms of flavors. Try tiramisu for yourself and enjoy what Italian cuisine has to offer!