For all the tiramisu traditionalist snobs out there, this dessert is not for you. If however you don’t mind veering off the ‘classic’ tiramisu tracks, listen up….tiramisu can be found in other flavors too, and my personal favorite is Nutella tiramisu. It’s not an ‘Americanized’ version of tiramisu, because the first time I had it, was many years ago at Blue Ice Gelateria (ice cream place) in the beach town of Ostia, Italy. Even my Italian friends (looking at you Anita and Marco) scoffed at the idea of Nutella and tiramisu, and probably out of loyalty to the classic tiramisu, never even tried it – their loss! In my eyes Blue Ice is a pioneer in ice cream, I mean they have flavors like mille foglie (mille feuille, a French puff pastry dessert with an airy custard filling – be still my heart!) and it was there that I had my first bite of the unctuously delicious Nutella tiramisu, so, I’m a convert. Best part (Arab, and lived in Italy, so love for good coffee should be in my genes) is that I don’t even drink coffee, or like it in sweets and desserts, but I make a strong exception when it comes to Nutella tiramisu. It’s quite simple to make, just follow your favorite tiramisu recipe, but after you soak the ladyfingers in espresso spread a bit of slightly warmed (in the microwave) Nutella, followed by the mascarpone filling. For the love of good desserts, don’t use regular cream cheese, this is not a coffee cheesecake, splurge on some mascarpone! I like to add whipped cream to my mascarpone instead of whipping the egg whites only for safety reasons because there are always children (number of adults wayyyyy more though) eating my Nutella tiramisu. Let me know what you think or if you’ve had different flavored tiramisu.
Tiramisu, a classic Italian dessert slightly reinvented by adding Nutella