The Italian delicacy known as tiramisu consists of ladyfingers topped with mascarpone cream and coffee.
Tirami sù means “pick me up” (metaphorically, “make me happy”) in Italian and alludes to the energizing effects of sugar, alcohol, and coffee. No wonder it is known as one of Italy’s most romantic desserts.
Interestingly, the first Tiramisu recipe was published in the 1981 spring edition of Vin Veneto magazine, without alcohol in the ingredients. The recipe was featured in an article on coffee-based desserts by Giuseppe Maffioli. Giuseppe belonged to the Italian Academy of Cuisine and was a well-known food critic.
Since then, Marsala wine has become a popular add-on ingredient. Marsala is a strong dessert wine with a high alcohol content of around 15-20% ABV, in comparison to the average wine that hovers at around 12% ABV. It is best served in smaller portions.
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