Cake of the Week: Beeramisu
Tiramisu might not technically be considered "cake", but ladyfingers are made of spongecake, so I'm going to count it.
If you haven't tasted tiramisu, you've probably at least heard of it. It's a popular coffee flavored Italian dessert that's made of layers of coffee-soaked ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder. It's believed tiramisu originated between 1967 and 1969 in Treviso, Italy, but there is some debate about who actually created it first. I'm just glad someone came up with it!
Countless variations of tiramisu exist in the world of recipes, cookbooks, magazines and food blogs, but today I want to share a recipe that you possibly haven't seen before. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you...Beeramisu.
As you might expect, this tiramisu is extremely close to the original. It has the ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese and cocoa powder, but this recipe calls for dipping the ladyfingers in a stout beer and mixing some Kahlua with the mascarpone cheese. Are you a fan of Beeramisu yet?
Beeramisu definitely sounds more manly than tiramisu, at least to me. I think this spin-off on a classic Italian dessert would not only be a fun choice for any occasion, it would also be excellent for tailgating or a game-viewing get-together with friends and family. I typically think of bringing quick, easy and easily-transportable desserts and snacks to tailgates, and tiramisu is just that. You can buy ladyfingers at most grocery stores, so there isn't any baking involved. Just layer it up in a loaf cake pan, pop it in the freezer, and whenever you're ready to go, so is your fancy Italian dessert.
Here are a few more variations of tiramisu: