Thursday, September 6, 2012

Recipe 52 - We'll rhyme.. 52 tiramisu

Oh I'm excited.

<< See that?  It's an airel view of Siena Italy.
Why are we flying over Siena?   Because we're about to recreate an item that was first concocted here....


Which btw is my favorite dessert of ever...  So I may or may not share this one. ;)  We'll see.

So - a little about (or maybe alot about) Tiramisu and it's TOTALLY un-vegan qualities.

"There is some debate regarding the origin of tiramisu. It may have originated as a variation of another layered dessert, Zuppa Inglese. It is mentioned in Giovanni Capnist's 1983 cookbook I Dolci Del Veneto, while Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary gives 1982 as the first mention of the dessert. Other sources report the creation of the cake to have originated in the city of Siena. Some confectioners were said to have created it in honour of Cosimo III on the occasion of his visit to the country. Alternatively, accounts by Carminantonio Iannaccone (as a researched and written about by The Washington Post) establish the creation of tiramisu by him on 24 December 1969 in Via Sottotreviso while he was head chef at Treviso, near Venice.

The translation of the name Italian tiramisù (tirami sù) 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.
Arranging a layer of Savoiardi biscuits

Tiramisu is a layered dessert, consisting of alternating layers of coffee-soaked Savoiardi biscuits and sweet mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar. The eggs, sugar and Marsala wine are cooked as a zabaione. Cocoa powder is sifted on top (and sometimes between layers) as both a garnish and a bitter counterpoint to the sweetened cheese mixture.

To prepare the biscuit layer, the Savoiardi are soaked in espresso or strong coffee, often with an addition of a flavorful liquor such as sweet Marsala wine or dark rum.

For the mascarpone cheese layer, a mixture of egg yolks and sugar is first prepared: egg yolks are mixed with sugar to form a thick cream to which the mascarpone cheese is added, then the egg whites are beaten stiff and folded in to the mascarpone/egg cream. This mixture is spread over the coffee-soaked biscuits. The layer is then topped with a dusting of cocoa powder, and more layers are added.

Countless variations for tiramisu exist. Some cooks use other cakes or sweet, yeasted breads, such as panettone, in place of ladyfingers.[8] Other cheese mixtures are used as well, some containing raw eggs, and others containing no eggs at all. Other liquors are frequently substituted for the traditional Marsala wine in both the coffee and the cheese mixture, including dark rum, Madeira, port, brandy and cognac."

Oh my holy.. SO un-vegan.

But look at how good it looks!!  ^^

However, tis my job as veganizer to veganize this so let's do some numbers, please!
(I'm going to ode this one to Dino Sue, a T-Rex, cuz I'm silly like that.)

Tiramisu                                       Tiravegansue
Calories -     492                                310
Total Fat -    31.6                                 13
Cholesterol -  291                                 0
Sodium -  148                                     420                                                           
Total Carbs - 42.4                                 51                                                                   
Fiber -    1.6                                         0
Protein -  8.3                                        5
WW Pts - 13                                        9

Okay.. so there we go.

And if Dino Sue wasn't in bones in Chicago - she'd probably trample down my house to try my vegan version (even though she's just as far from a vegan as the original Tiramisu is)  Don't you love my thought processes?

I haven't decided upon the day I do this yet.  Perhaps it will be Sunday after I feel compelled to stuff myself as a post 8 mile run snack.
Who knows.
You'll be the first to know though.. when I get back to this blog!

Wish me luck.
I love this stuff!


Music enjoyed while blogging:

Current Craving:
Fried 'chicken' and mashed potatoes

Current Motivation:
I'm hungry..

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