Tiramisu is translated as “pick-me-up” in Italian. This favorite dessert is known for the high energy contents, eggs and sugar with the caffeine in a strong espresso coffee.
There are many different stories about the origin of Tiramisu. It’s a layered cake so some people place its origin in Tuscany, where another famous layered Italian dessert is very popular. It’s called “Zuppa Inglese” (English Soup). It is not English and it is not a soup. Instead is a simple cake of ladyfingers or sponge cake, soaked in liquor, and alternated layers of chocolate and egg custard.
Of course, layered cakes have been around for long time, but the inspired idea of Tiramisu is not in the technique of layering, but in the components. This is the true innovation in Tiramisu!