Tiramisu: Italy’s Favorite Dessert

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Known as Italy’s favorite dessert, the famous Tiramisu hasn’t officially been around for all that long. Despite some debate about the desserts origins dating back to the Renaissance, the more agreed upon history dates back to the 1970s when an Italian baker in Treviso, Italy whipped up the dessert embracing the local ingredients of the area.

Later the dessert spread like wildfire around Italy making it a country-wide favorite. Tiramisu became the newest addition to Italian cookbooks around the world in the 1980s growing its popularity.

Tiramisu, meaning “pick-me-up” in Italian, is named after the energy boosting ingredients of eggs, sugar, and caffeine from the strong espresso. While the traditional dessert calls for ladyfingers soaked in coffee, layered with mascarpone cheese (which is usually mixed with the traditional zabaglione custard) and then topped with cocoa powder, nowadays there are many variations such as chocolate, strawberry, and lemon to name a few. Like most Italian desserts, Tiramisu isn’t overly sweet. It’s focus is to balance and compliment the flavors brought together for an overall pleasing texture and taste to end the meal.

Where was the best tiramisu you’ve tasted during your travels? Haven’t tried it yet? Come into Ports of Italy the Kennebunks for a taste of Italian tradition.

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