iramisu, in Italian tiramisù, which means “pick me up”, is a rich, creamy dessert made of ladyfingers soaked in strong coffee and luscious mascarpone cream. Why “pick me up”, you ask?
There is more than one legend about the origin of this energy booster, and I will mention just a few. The most obvious one is connected to the components of tiramisu – rich and creamy mascarpone cheese, eggs, sugar, coffee and liquor, if used – that all together provide loads of energy.
The other legend says that tiramisu was invented by pastry chefs of Siena, a city in central Tuscany, in the 17th century to honor Cosimo III de’ Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, when he visited the city.
The most interesting story of tiramisu takes us back to the 19th-century bordellos, believe it or not! Apparently, there was a big deal of competition among those at the time, so after one brothel offered a gratuitous cup of espresso to the faithful customer, the word spread out quickly. Other ‘establishments’ followed the idea, and very soon a complimentary espresso evolved into espresso with lady fingers, some liquor, etc. One Madam allegedly combined all the ingredients, added some eggs and mascarpone cheese, and the famous energy restorer for the exhausted gentlemen was created!
So, whether you need one or not, I am sharing this delicious, creamy pick-me-up recipe, and the rest is up to you! ;)
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