Saturday, February 27, 2010

Tiramisu This Month's Challenge from DB

This month's challenge is TIRAMISU! Everytime the calender gets close to the 27th, our posting date, I start to panic. Do I have long will it take...can I fit it in with my life. And this month, I say YES....Yes to those calories...and Yes to this dessert!

This divine Italian dessert translates to mean ‘pick me up’, supposedly referring to the ‘kick’ provided by the strong coffee, sugar and alcohol in it! The perfect Tiramisu is a balance of flavors of a sweet zabaglione, strong coffee, marsala wine, creamy mascarpone cheese and the dusting of unsweetened cocoa.

So when, where and how was tiramisu born?
Tiramisu is said to have its origins in Treviso (Italy), and there are quite a few stories about how it came to be created.One story traces the tiramisu as far back as the Renaissance claiming that it was first made in honour of the visit of Grand Duke Cosimo di Medici to Tuscany. Yet another one points to the tiramisu being an adaptation of the "Zuppa Inglese" referring to the sponge cake and cream layered English Trifle.However, experts in this area generally agree that the tiramisu as we know it today, was born in the ‘70s.Some believe that the Tiramisu was created in the the Le Beccherie (a restaurant in Treviso). Others suggest that Tiramisu was first made in 1971 by an Italian baker named Carminantonio Iannaccone in a small bakery in Treviso, Italy.

Who ever came up with this delectable dessert would have made a fortune if they were able to patent it. You will find it on most nicer restaurant menus. And they even now make tiramisu ice cream, packaged at the grocery store.

The challenge was to make everything from scratch, including the mascarpone cheese. Which unfortunately I skipped, because I ran out of time. I have made it before, but in this region of the country you can find it everywhere. But I did make the Ladyfingers this time.

You can pipe them out of a pastry bag like this which is very easy. And if you make guidelines on the paper to go by, it is easier.

Or you can just pick up a shiny new ladyfinger pan, so that you know everyone would be perfect! I have seen these at Homegoods for 9.99. I do not suggest buying one, unless you k at his site now you will use it more than once or twice a year.

And if your looking to make this delicious dessert from scratch, make sure you have enough time. Otherwise go the easier route and buy the cheese and ladyfingers. The challenge from scratch will take about 3 days. After assembling, you will want it to sit overnight in the fridge to get more flavorful!

I won't bore you with the long drawn out recipe, because I have made it before with Dorie, (which is a great recipe) But,there is a great tutorial with the recipe I used HERE and her site is so cute!
Good Luck if you take on the challenge!

The February 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen and Deeba of Passionate About Baking. They chose Tiramisu as the challenge for the month. Their challenge recipe is based on recipes from The Washington Post, Cordon Bleu at Home and Baking Obsession.

3 Others Say::

Anonymous said...

I've love this challenge!! great tiramisu! nice pictures!

suburbangrandma said...

I love Tiramisu. I have saved this recipe for my Easter "challenge".
Thank you.

Linda Summerfield Crispell said...

A ladyfinger pan? How have I reached 100 years old without one?