Tiramisu, the aphrodisiac dessert
The origins, the legends and the history of this cake
Tiramisu is one of the most popular desserts in the world and is the fifth word of Italian cuisine best known abroad. Its name means "lift me".
Here are the origins, between history and legend, of this delicacy.
A pleasure house in Treviso
Tiramisu was born in Treviso (city in the Veneto region in northern Italy), in the second half of the 18th century. It was conceived by a "Maitresse" of a pleasure house in the historic centre of the city.
It seems that the owner of the restaurant would have created this sweet aphrodisiac for her customers, to reinvigorate them and improve morale when they return to the family.
The phrase with which he welcomed the customers was "Now I'll pull you over" (in the Venetian dialect "Desso ve tiro su mi"), hence the name of the cake.
Since then, so much has taken hold that local inns and patisseries have added Tisamisu to their usual desserts and many restaurants have since attributed paternity.
In any case, the recipe and its simple preparation support this thesis: it is a mixture of eggs beaten with sugar, ladyfingers, mascarpone, coffee and cocoa. You don't have to be a master of pastry art to prepare this dessert.
In the second half of the 1900s, however, due to a wave of respectability, the origins of Tiramisu were supplanted.
They began to be used by peasant families as a restorative or for newlyweds, or it was given to women who had recently given birth, children and people in a state of weakness.
Another hypothesis on the origins of this dessert comes from Tuscany (central Italy), in the city of Siena. It seems that on the occasion of a visit by Grand Duke Cosimo III de 'Medici, a dessert called "Duke's Soup" was created with characteristics similar to Tiramisu.
However, this legend is not very credible: the Savoiardi biscuits and mascarpone were not common ingredients in the Sienese pastry between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
In Emilia Romagna
Some claim that Tiramisu has Emilian origins: the writer and gastronomy Pellegrino Artusi described the recipe in his book "Science in the kitchen and the art of eating well" in 1891. In this case, the dessert was called Dolce Turin and saw the use of butter instead of mascarpone. Strange name, because Turin is not in Emilia Romagna but Piedmont.
Finally, precisely, there is the Piedmontese origin, which claims that Tiramisu was created by a Turin pastry chef to give support to Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, during his political activity to unify the Italian territory.
Whatever its origin, Tiramisu is one of the most loved desserts in the world and soon "on this show" we will see the recipe.