As I mentioned in a previous post, this year our eldest daughter had requested an Italian-themed birthday complete with one of her favorite desserts, tiramisu! The big day arrived, and we had a wonderful time getting ready for her birthday celebration! Tiramisu is a dessert I have always enjoyed in restaurants, but for my daughter’s birthday, I really wanted to learn how to make it from scratch.
I first started with this wonderful ladyfinger recipe from Ciao Italia. The next step was finding a phenomenal tiramisu recipe — after much searching, I found Ask Chef Dennis and his incredibly delicious recipe for tiramisu! I love that he also included a video tutorial for this delicious dessert!
Of course, I wanted to practice making the recipe a few times to make sure I got it right — and every time I made it, I found it to be such a soothing recipe to prepare! There’s something about all of the gentle textures coming together while enjoying the aromas of fresh espresso, ladyfingers baking in the oven and the sweet essence of sabayon on the stovetop. Yes, I could go on and on about tiramisu, but I will simply say that this wonderfully flavorful and luscious dessert is pure genius! Now I find myself asking others if they’d like me to make them tiramisu — of course I’d be happy to share! It’s wonderful!
In the meantime, Jonathan and the girls set up decorations for the big party! Jonathan loves to create, but even more, he loves his daughters and always goes the extra mile(s) for all of us. This year he constructed a replica of the Leaning Tower of Pisa (complete with lights) that stands approximately 5′ tall.
Additional Italian décor included murals from Jonathan
and scooters in the colors of the Italian flag
Aviah’s guests enjoyed a trio of pasta dishes, homemade manicotti, ensalata and sparkling apple-grape juice after a fun-filled afternoon of laughter and bocce ball. The tiramisu and gelato were definite favorites, and you can be sure I will be making Chef Dennis’ Tiramisu Recipe again in the very near future!
Happy Birthday, sweet girl!