I’m not a great cook (I actually I started cooking very recently) but there is one delicious dish that I have been doing for years and it’s my father’s Tiramisu recipe. As mentioned earlier my father is a great Chef in Florence, Italy, so it doesn’t get more authentic than that!
List of ingredients for 6 to 8 people (easy to remember if you remember the number 5):
- 5 eggs
- 5 table spoons of white sugar
- 500 g of Mascarpone cheese (1,1 pound)
- approximately 30 ladyfinger cookies (depending on the number of layers you want to make)
- A big bowl of coffee
- unsweetened cocoa powder to dust on the tiramisu before serving
- Extra (not essential but from my dad’s special touch): 1 orange (grate the peel of the orange to recover the zest)
Separate the whites and the yolks. The mix will be done on the yolk so make sure to use a big container for that.
Combine the yolks, the sugar and the Mascarpone cheese and then mix until you get a nice cream without lumps.
Add the orange zest.
Whip the whites.
Combine the whipped whites in the recipient with the yolks, Mascarpone cheese and sugar. Mix delicately with a big wooden spoon. You will obtain a light and airy cream.
Pour a layer of the cream on a tray (the sides should be at least 5 cm high).
Then immerse the cookies in the coffee for a second (they will get softer with the cream so no need to put them in the coffee for too long or the tiramisu will be watery) and put a layer of cookies.
Pour another layer of cream. You can either finish there or double the operation to have a second layer of cookies (I personally prefer to have a thicker tiramisu).
Put away the Tiramisu in the fridge for at least 4 hours.
Dust some dark cocoa powder on the Tiramisu right before serving.
It is delicious and light and I have been serving it to Italians for years so if you want to crash it at the next dinner party just try it!