This year my daughter requested tiramisu for her birthday instead of a traditional birthday cake. It would fit in beautifully with her Italian-themed birthday party, and the entire family was all for it! I had never prepared tiramisu; however, if there’s one thing I continue to learn from cooking it is to embrace new recipes and enjoy the learning process!
I have had many wonderful tiramisus — one in particular comes from my favorite Italian restaurant in the big city. So how incredibly wonderful would it be to learn how to prepare this dessert when we don’t have dinner reservations or the time to drive such a distance?
My first step was learning to make one of the most important ingredients — ladyfingers or savoiardi as they are called in Italy. When searching for a recipe for Italian ladyfingers, I immediately thought of one of my favorite Italian chefs, Mary Ann Esposito from the PBS series, “Ciao Italia.” Not only does she have a fabulous website with a recipe for ladyfingers, I also found her on You Tube with this video tutorial! I was elated, and the lady fingers turned out wonderfully! (the only thing I noted was that I needed to bake my ladyfingers approximately 5-7 minutes longer, and I used organic ingredients)
from the recipe at
CiaoItalia.com with Mary Ann Esposito
These ladyfingers worked wonderfully in the tiramisu — I couldn’t be more pleased!
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