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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Is Tiramisu' Venetian?

It's one of the most popular desserts served in many Italian restaurants and easy to make also at home, as it does not require baking. It means "pick–me–up" ( or "cheer me up" more freely translated). It is made of lady’s fingers (Italian: Savoiardi) dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa.
There are a few different versions about its origins and often disputed among Italian regions such as Veneto, Friuli Venezia Giulia and Tuscany:
- Some people say the history of "tiramis├╣" dates back to the Renaissance, when Venetian women gave the desserts to their men because they believed it improved love-making.
- others believe that Venetian courtesans used "tiramis├╣" to pick–themselves–up during the night .
-Other sources report the creation of the cake as originating towards the end of the 17th century in Siena, Tuscany in honor of the Grand Duke Cosimo III.
- Other believed that the cake originated in 1960s in the region of Veneto, Italy, at the restaurant "Le Beccherie" in Treviso, Italy. Specifically, the dish is claimed to have first been created by a confectioner named Roberto Linguanotto, owner of "Le Beccherie" and his apprentice, Francesca Valori, whose maiden name was Tiramisu.
- Another story is that a man while visiting a Bordello, a brothel, in Treviso asked the madam for something that would pick him up The madam made a a mixture of mascarpone, sugar, eggs, espresso, and amaretti biscotti. This picked the man up, and made him a satisfied customer of the bordello Later the amaretti were replaced with the more readily available savoiardi biscotti we see today.
So I guess we don't really know who made it first, why and when. For sure it is a feast for the mouth and a boost of energy. Who ever invented it, I will say : THANK YOU.
From Venice With Love,
Giada
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