In honor of my new Italian bees and also because I adore Italian food, I’ve declared this Italian food week!
My first recipe is, of course, tiramisu. You may not know it, but tiramisu is traditionally made with honey!
There is some debate regarding the origin of tiramisu. It may have originated as a variation of another layered dessert, the Zuppa Inglese.
The translation of the name Italian tiramisù means “pick-me-up” (metaphorically, “make me happy”). This may refer to the caffeine in the espresso and effect of cocoa used in the recipe.
Eggs, 3 large, with yolks and whites separated
Honey, 1/2 cup
Mascarpone, 8 ounces
Espresso or Strong Coffee, 1 cup
Cognac or Brandy, 2 tablespoons
Cocoa, 1/8 cup
Combine 3 egg yolks, 1 tablespoon Espresso, Honey, and Cognac into the large mixing bowl.
Beat 2 to 3 minutes
Add Mascarpone and beat 3 to 5 minutes until consistency is smooth
In another bowl, combine 3 egg whites and a pinch of sugar. Beat until mixture forms stiff peaks
Gently fold into Mascarpone mixture
Pour rest of Espresso into flat dish, dip one side of each Lady Finger, and layer on bottom of serving dish
Spread 1/3 of Mascarpone mixture and sprinkle with cocoa
Continue layering and finish with a Mascarpone layer
Sprinkle and refrigerate 1 hour before serving