Tiramisu is a popular espresso-flavored Italian dessert that fittingly translates to “pick-me-up.” Our chefs make a new batch of this delicious dessert every day, and we’re going to break it all down for you layer by layer with Chef Jay.
The first layer of Tiramisu is lady fingers, which are individually hand soaked in our espresso and liqueur mixture. At Carrabba’s, we import our lady fingers from Verona, Italy, which is a region known for these cookie-like baked goods.
The second layer is a mixture of mascarpone cheese, sugar and rum. Mascarpone cheese is great for texture and has a light flavor that pairs well with the espresso and liqueur mixture. The brand we use for mascarpone cheese is BelGioso, which you can find at some local grocery stores.
Once you spread the mascarpone over the lady fingers, you’ll sprinkle it with chocolate shavings and then repeat all three layers one more time. When you’re done, chill the entire dish for about three to four hours.
When you’re ready to serve, sprinkle the dish with chocolate sauce, cocoa powder and chocolate shavings. Looking to take it a step further? Pair your tiramisu with an espresso or cappuccino, and your taste buds will feel like they’re in Italy. Buon appetito!