There are a handful of delicacies in the world that you immediately associate with its country of origin: Apple pie from America; white meat sausages from Germany; syrup waffle cookies from Holland; croissants from France…well, you get the idea. This week, we are looking at Italy, and its iconic foods, in particular coffee, of course, and the coffee-flavored dessert, Tiramisu.
Tiramisu, literally translated as “pick me up” or “lift me up,” is a dessert made from cake dipped in coffee, layered with whipped mascarpone cheese, sugar, and eggs, sprinkled with cocoa. You might be surprised to know that the cake’s provenance has long been in question. One of the most popular beliefs has its invention during the 1960’s at a restaurant in Treviso. Another possible origin is a World War II dessert made for soldiers to pick them up with caffeine and alcohol. It may even date back to the 17th century in Tuscany, where layered desserts were popular. Regardless of where it started, traditional tiramisu is Italy’s dessert. We have included a recipe for tiramisu below – it’s really just a trifle, a layered dessert. So enjoy!
CBe sure to order coffee to enjoy with your dessert. This week choose from the specialty Italian roasters we are highlighting: Caffe Vergnano, Bristot, Hausbrandt, illy, Miscela D’Oro, Pellini and Sant Eustachio. All of these are 10% off when you order $30 or more at www.EnjoyBetterCoffee.com.*
Please use coupon code: WELOVEIT
*Discount valid from 7/22/18 through 11:59PM ET on 724/18 at EnjoyBetterCoffee.com with no minimum order required for the following brands only: Bristot, Caffe Vergnano, Hausbrandt, illy, Miscela D’Oro, Pellini and Sant Eustachio. Not valid with other coupons or discounts, special sale or case sale products. Questions? Call us at 800.582.6617 Mon-Fri 9AM-5PM ET.
Check out our favorites from these great brands. Try one or more. You’ll thank us later.
We have Caffe Vergnano 100% Arabica Espresso fine grind in regular and decaff, 100% Arabica Espresso in medium grind, plus 5 roasts in whole bean, five roasts in capsules for the Nespresso machine (all are compostable capsules), and espresso pods.
We have a wide selection of Hausbrandt whole bean and ground coffee. Try Hausbrandt Gourmet ground coffee, with spicy and citrus flavors from the delicately roasted 100% Arabica beans. We have these in whole beans too, along with Classic Espresso, Superbar and Trieste, the best examples of Italian espresso.
The third generation of the family is at the helm of illy’s, producing rich, full-bodied, velvety smooth coffee. We have a range of illy coffees, from Medium Roast and Dark Roast, available in fine grind and whole bean, to Moka and Decaffeinated ground coffee, all in the signature metal tin.
We have Miscela D’Oro Espresso Gusto Classico in whole beans. Miscela D’Oro also makes a chocolate cocoa drink mix with 44% minimum cocoa. Try any of the Nespresso-compatible capsules, from rich Intenso, to balanced Tradizione, to traditional, fruity Purezza (it’s organic too!). There are still more to tickle your taste buds, so go ahead and splurge!
Pellini Top is the top of their coffee range, made with 100% Arabica beans specially roasted to deliver a smooth, full-bodied espresso, which we have in whole beans and in regular and decaff in ground. We also have 4 blends in Nespresso-compatible capsules, including BIO Organic made with 100% organic Arabica beans.
Sant Eustachio is based in the heart of Rome, just a few steps from the Pantheon. Because of their specialized wood fire roasting, Sant Eustachio is smooth coffee. We have Sant Eustachio in ground and whole beans, including espresso and Moka grinds, plus a Nespresso-compatible capsule.
Try Bristot Tiziano whole beans for real Italian espresso, including notes of fruit and a chocolate finish, or Espresso whole beans that are rich and intense. Both roasts are on sale so take advantage of extra savings with the discount above.
This delightful, no-bake dessert is served chilled. You just may find yourself feeling a bit lifted.
- 16 oz mascarpone cheese, softened
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 2 tablespoon coffee liqueur (optional)
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 24 ladyfingers
- 1 cup strong coffee, at room temperature
- Cocoa or grated bittersweet chocolate, for dusting
- In large bowl, whisk together the mascarpone, sugar, and liqueur.
- With a mixer, whip heavy cream until soft peaks form.
- Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until well-combined.
- Lightly dip half of the ladyfingers in the coffee and arrange them in a single layer on the bottom of an 8×8-inch square pan.
- Spread half of the mascarpone filling over the ladyfingers.
- Repeat with the rest of the ladyfingers, arranging them on the top of the mascarpone filling.
- Spread the remaining mascarpone filling over the ladyfingers.
- Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, up to overnight.
- Dust with cocoa powder or grated chocolate before serving.
As always, enjoy better coffee and thanks from the EnjoyBetterCoffee Team!