Tiramisu means “pick me up”. It’s an Italian dessert, fairly recently invented but a classic all over the world already. It’s ideal hangover food as it contains coffee, eggs and a shot of alcohol! And the rich mascapone, which is really just condensed cream. For years I have been making the traditional tiramisu. As a sublime dessert, of course, not for hangovers. I love how one dish of tiramisu feeds hordes as it’s too rich for seconds. Well, most people are replete after one serving. In the interests of matrimonial harmony, no names of those who frequently have seconds, and thirds, will be mentioned on here!
Last week on the rerun of the SBS Food Safari, individual servings were shown. I made a healthier version of it yesterday, substituting ricotta cheese for the mascapone and it was DIVINE. I used 2 eggs, about 4 TBS castor (superfine) sugar, 400g ricotta, about 100 ml espresso coffee, 12 Savioardi biscuits and I used 15ml of brandy and 15ml of rum instead of liqueur. Miss N had the last one for breakfast this morning and I do hope she didn’t smell of rum at her first day back at school after the two week break! . But – ricotta is good breakfast food. Protein, and low fat and all that. So – this isn’t TOO wicked.
And let me leave you with the best pick-me-up of all!