In my house, tiramisù is a cornerstone. Given that it’s a favorite dessert of my daughter Valentina, it’s a dish I always come back to, and now that she’s moved abroad, I’ve taken to preparing a classic tiramisu to-go.
Truth be told, if done properly, tiramisu can be a heavenly dessert, which can lift your spirit…the literal translation of ‘tiramisu’ in Italian is ‘pick me up.’ Surely this is what that pastry chef in Turin had in mind when he created the first tiramisu to encourage Camillo Benso, the Count of Cavour, as he tried to unite the Italian peninsula into a single country.
It goes without saying that, like any other classic recipe, there are countless variations. But I always prefer the ‘true’ tiramisu with ladyfingers dipped in coffee directly from the moka and layering mascarpone and cocoa powder. Of all the variations, Valentina prefers this one above all. So, let me pass on this little gift, from my family to you.