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  • Single portion Tiramisu in country cups

    Single portion Tiramisu in country cups

    Tiramisu is an Italian classic.
    It’s probably the most famous Italian cake in the world. Because of course mascarpone cheese is damn good!
    Probably it’s not so easy to find abroad, and likely quite expensive, but when you will try this cake, you will not regret about your efforts to find it.
    The name “Tiramisu” litterally means “pick/lift me up” because the legend says it has aphrodiasiac powers. I honestly doubt it ahaha but of course it’s a very energizing cake!
    I prepared these nice single-serving Tiramisu-s because my mother often teaches cooking classes for foreign people who want to learn both Italian language and cooking 😛
    There’s a famous language school near our hotel, they teach foreigners language of course, and we take care of the cooking part!
    Tiramisu is a very fast and easy recipe. It doesn’t need to be cooked, just stored in the frigde.
    If I have to compare Tiramisu to a famous English dessert i would say “trifle”, even if the flavour and method is totally different.

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  • Scarpaccia – Italian zucchini cake (from Tuscany)

    Scarpaccia - Italian zucchini cake (from Tuscany)

    Scarpaccia is a cake from my city, Viareggio.
    I used to eat it since I was a child, so it’s normal for me, even if the combination of a cake and zucchini could sound quite weird.
    Can you imagine my surprise when I learned that a famous American cake, the zucchini bread, was similar to it?
    Of course the cake is different, but you can’t ignore some similarities.
    This is a family recipe, my granma used to do the zucchini cake, then taught it to my mother.
    We often do the zucchini cake at the hotel where my mom and I work. It’s always funny to see people’s faces and reactions in front of this weird new cake (because you know, it’s famous only in my city!)
    They divide into two categories:
    THE BRAVE: those who are really courageous to dare and taste everything.
    THE SCARED: those who look at this cake like an alien food. they take a bit with the fork, look at it really close, smell it, analyze it, touch it and then gather all their bravery and swallow it with their eyes closed. Like they are going to die, in few seconds.