I’ve always said that I wish I was born French. I love French cuisine, their pastries, the cheese, the wine, the language, Champagne and of course, the Eiffel Tower. I’ve familiarised myself with the food, I know quite a bit about the cooking methods and terminology and I’ve even taken a class in basic French, but I still need to dirty my shoes in French soil.
Now, after all the rambling, let me get to the point of this post. Although I am in a true and committed infatuation with all things French, I have a small confession to make: I really love the Italian approach to food. They have fantastic desserts and they make simple olive oil the most glorious ingredient in the world. An abundance of fresh herbs and a hint of Parmesan in just about everything makes me so excited about anything Italian.
One of my favourite desserts is tiramisu. “Tira mi su”, which means pick me up in Italian, is such a divine dessert consisting of mascarpone, cream, strong coffee, rum and sponge cake or lady finger biscuits. It’s rich, creamy and packed with incredible taste and flavour.
So with summer around the corner and Cape Town being spoiled with a few beautiful days here and there, I decided to make a delicious tiramisu ice cream dessert. If you have an ice cream machine, then by all means, make your own ice cream; otherwise, you are permitted to cheat and buy a decent quality vanilla ice cream like I did. It doesn’t matter, because the rest of the ingredients and the combination of them, make this dessert phenomenal!