I made tiramisu for the first time ever on Wednesday. I was hosting the “2nd Wednesday Book Club” meeting that night, and a while back, one of my club friends, Cynthia (who wrote Guest-Post #6: Mac & Alfredo), had asked for a good tiramisu recipe. Having never made it before, and unaware of any family recipe to share, I took to the Internet.
I researched the recipes of two of my favorite Food Network celebs: Giada De Laurentiis, because she offers healthy and tasty recipes from all regions of the Italian Republic; and Ina Garten, because I find her to be kitchen royalty … she is the Barefoot Contessa, after all. Ina is known for saying things like: “How easy is that?” and “Who wouldn’t love that?”
I would eat anything — ANYTHING — either of them made.
Regarding tiramisu, in the case of Giada v. Ina, the recipes are basically the same: egg yolks, sugar, dark rum, espresso, mascarpone cheese, ladyfingers, and shaved chocolate. Ina suggests extra ladyfingers and double the amount of rum, but other than that, the recipes read alike. I took that as a good sign — my ladies were in agreement — and I chose Giada’s recipe for Book Club, thinking the flavor might be a little more delicate with a little less alcohol.
When the girls arrived at 7:00 p.m., it wasn’t long before I was dishing out the tiramisu. Everyone said they liked it, even Stephanie, who you know from over at Conversations from the Cul-de-Sac. She commented that she never thought she liked the dessert, but she did indeed like mine. I was thrilled! It wasn’t sweet and the overall flavor certainly wasn’t overpowered by the alcohol. In fact, next time, I’d probably go with Ina’s recipe and add the extra rum, plus dust it with a little powdered sugar. But for a first try, I was pleased.
I wish I had a picture of my tiramisu to show you. Beth from Dirty Laundry kept telling me to take a picture, but I was insistent that no one would want to read about my little dessert adventure. And yet here I am, two days later, writing this post and searching the Photoxpress archives for a free stock photo. Silly me … stubborn me … I know.
Luckily I found one:
If you’d like to try one or both of these recipes for yourself, here are the links:
In the meantime, might I suggest this month’s book selection:
I think my tiramisu-eating friends would agree, it was an excellent read, leading to an interesting discussion. Grazie a tutti per una buona notte. Now, if I only had a picture of the group to share….