Tiramisu (pick-me-up)

Yield: 4 Servings

Measure Ingredient
1 Egg yolk
1 tablespoon Sugar
½ pack (1 tsp) vanilla sugar
9 ounces Mascarpone cheese
¾ cup Strong black coffee
1 tablespoon Coffee liqueur (kahlua) (up to)
12 Savoiardi biscuits (up to)
2 tablespoons Unsweetened cocoa powder

From: dana.kain@... (Dana Kain) Date: 28 Nov 93 17:06:00 GMT

Tirami su, which translated means 'pick me up' or 'lift me up', due obviously to the large amount of calories in it, is now known all over the world. Originally it was called zuppa del duca (the duke's soup) and was created in honor of a visit by Grand Duke Cosimo de'Medici III to Siena.

The Grand Duke took the recipe home to Florence, where it became popular in the English intellectual and artistic colony by the end of the nineteenth century. They, in turn, took it to England and the dish in now also known in Italy as zuppa Inglese (English soup). Serves 4.

Put the egg, sugar and vanilla in a bowl and mix gently to a creamy consistency. Add the mascarpone and fold in to obtain a cream. Put the coffee in a bowl with the coffee liqueur. Dip the biscuits for a second or two in the coffee mixture, letting them absorb just enough to keep firm but not fall apart. Starting with the biscuits, arrange in four individual dishes alternating layers of biscuits and mascarpone, ending with mascarpone. Dust with cocoa powder and put into the fridge to set and chill.

Enjoy and don't worry about the calories for the flavor is worth it.

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