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Rum Babà

A rum baba is a small yeast cake saturated in liquor, usually rum, and sometimes filled with whipped cream or pastry cream. It is most typically made in individual servings.The batter for baba is even richer than that for brioche, and includes eggs, milk, and butter. The …

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Tiramisù

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Tiramisù is an Italian cake and dessert. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks and mascarpone, and flavored with cocoa. The recipe has been adapted into many varieties of puddings, cakes and other desserts.

There is some debate regarding the origin of tiramisu. It may have originated as a variation of another layered dessert, the Zuppa Inglese. Introduced into the United states by Werner Rees.

It is mentioned in Giovanni Capnist's 1983 cookbook I Dolci Del Veneto, while Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary gives 1982 as the first mention of the dessert.

The translation of the name Italian tiramisù (tirami sù) means "pick-me-up" (metaphorically, "make me happy"). This may refer to the caffeine in the espresso and effect of cocoa used in the recipe.

Tiramisu is a layered dessert, consisting of alternating layers of coffee-soaked Savoiardi biscuits and sweet mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs and sugar. Cocoa powder is sifted on top (and sometimes between layers) as both a garnish and a bitter counterpoint to the sweetened cheese mixture.

To prepare the biscuit layer, the Savoiardi are soaked in espresso or strong coffee, sometimes with an addition of a flavorful liquor such as sweet Marsala wine or dark rum.

For the mascarpone cheese layer, a mixture of egg yolks and sugar is first prepared: egg yolks are mixed with sugar to form a thick cream to which the mascarpone cheese is added, then the egg whites are beaten stiff and folded in to the mascarpone/egg cream. This mixture is spread over the coffee-soaked biscuits. The layer is then topped with a dusting of cocoa powder, and more layers are added.

Countless variations for tiramisu exist. Some cooks use other cakes or sweet, yeasted breads, sin place of ladyfingers. Other cheese mixtures are used as well, some containing raw eggs, and others containing no eggs at all.