Today Due Spaghetti reached 1,000 hits!  Thanks to everyone who has visited our blog these past few weeks.  We are having fun sharing our favorite food, wine and all things Italian with you, and we hope you will continue to follow us.

To celebrate this milestone, we made the quintessential Italian dessert, tiramisù.  The name tiramisù is derived from the verb tirare, the pronoun mi, and the direction , which when put together means “pick me up.”

The sweet and creamy mascarpone cheese, liquor, espresso and Lady Fingers are used in this traditional recipe.

6 large eggs, with yolks and whites separated
1 cup sugar
16 oz. mascarpone*
2 cups espresso, cooled**
1/2 cup milk
4 Tbls. brandy or cognac
1 bag Savoiardi (Lady Fingers)***
Baking cocoa

Combine 6 egg yolks, 2 Tbls. espresso, sugar, and brandy into large mixing bowl.  Beat with electric mixer 2-3 minutes.  Add mascarpone and beat 3-5 minutes until consistency is smooth. Set aside.

In another bowl, combine 6 eggs whites and a pinch of sugar.  Beat until mixture forms stiff peaks.

Gently fold egg whites into mascarpone mixture.

Pour the rest of the espresso and ½ cup milk into a different bowl.  Submerge lady fingers into the espresso and milk one by one, and layer on bottom of pan.  Soak the lady fingers just enough so that they are not crunchy.  Do not soak too much.  The lady finger should absorb the espresso without getting soggy or breaking.

Spread 1/2 of mascarpone mixture on top of the lady fingers.

Using a small wire strainer such as a tea strainer, sprinkle a light layer of cocoa over the mascarpone mixture.

Add a second layer of lady fingers, and top with another layer of mascarpone mixture and cocoa.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.


* We use Bel Gioioso Mascarpone, which is sold in 8 oz. tubs.

**We make espresso at home with our machinetta, or stove top espresso maker by Bialetti.

***We use Alessi brand Savoiardi.

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