The recipe for a special Tiramisù dedicated to Turin
Today I am in the mood for dessert and I want to take inspiration from Turin to create a special one. Turin, the city where I lived to attend university, is the capital of Piedmont and we can say that it is also the capital of “piedmontese” par excellence. It is an ancient city with a rich history, the capital of the Savoy dukedom and the first capital of Italy.
Turin is an interweaving of different cultures, as can be seen when walking through the streets of the centre, with their typical Roman castrum disposition, among which monuments from very different eras stand out, from the Mole to the Synagogue, from the Royal Palaces to the Liberty and Rococo ones.
The secret ingredient: Vermouth Mancino Kopi
Tiramisu is a typical Italian dessert, delicious and rich, perfect as a fresh snack. To make it even more intriguing and to give it a touch of Turin, I use a special ingredient: Vermouth Mancino Kopi. Vermouth is a fortified wine born in Turin in the 18th century. It contains aromatic herbs, including mugwort (from which it takes its name, in fact the German term for it is “Wermuth”).
Mancino Kopi Vermouth, however, is more than just a vermouth: Giancarlo Mancino is one of the world’s most renowned barmen, and Kopi is a product of his own creation and quite unique. Three Italian white wines – Arneis, Trebbiano and Fiano – combined with Indonesian coffee extract create a creamy, smooth mix with a delicate, fragrant coffee flavour.
The recipe for Tiramisu
For the Tiramisù you need a baking tin 28x20x5cm for about 4-6 portions.
What do you need? 250g mascarpone cheese, 3 egg yolks, 150g sugar, two spoons of Vermouth Mancino Kopi, 3 egg whites, 300g Savoiardi, mocha coffee and cocoa powder.
– Whip the egg whites until stiff with a whisk.
– In another bowl, whip the egg yolks, mascarpone cheese, sugar and Kopi until they are fluffy.
– We add the mixture of egg whites to the mascarpone mixture, stirring gently with a spatula so as not to disassemble the cream and put it in the fridge.
– To prepare the syrup with which we will soak 300g of Savoiardi, we prepare the coffee with the mocha and when it is completely cold we add sugar to taste and two tablespoons of Vermouth Mancino Kopi.
Let’s assemble the Tiramisù: soak the Savoiardi one by one in the water (we must be quick, we don’t want them to get too soft) and place them in the bowl. Cover them with a layer of cream and proceed in this way creating 2-3 layers. Lastly, leave a layer of cream.
Place the tiramisu in the fridge to rest for at least 3 hours.
While you’re waiting for it to be ready, I’ll take you to explore my favourite places in Turin.
A journey to discover Turin
In the heart of Turin at the centre of Piazza Castello we find the architectural complex of Palazzo Madama and Casaforte degli Acaja, one of the Savoy residences. From this square we can reach Palazzo Reale with its beautiful gardens (the Savoy family treated each other well!), we can listen to opera rehearsals at Teatro Regio and access Corso Garibaldi, the perfect street for shopping.
We walk down via Po and come to another square, Piazza Vittorio Veneto. Full of bars where you can have an aperitif or an after-dinner drink, it is one of the hubs of Turin’s evenings and the view is spectacular: facing the Po we see the Church of the Gran Madre di Dio with its unusual dome.
Not far away, the Monte dei Cappuccini stands out: with a short walk (uphill) you can admire Turin from above. It is one of the most beautiful and romantic views of Turin and is really easy to reach.
Last but not least, the Valentino Park: along the Po, it is a large park with several attractions, including the Valentino Castle and the Medieval Village. My favourite part of the park is the Giardino Roccioso where we find streams, water games, small statues and little streets.
But enough talk, the Tiramisù is ready. It’s time to taste it, but first I dust it with some high quality Audere cocoa powder. The sweetness of the mascarpone cream goes very well with the bitter cocoa note but what makes this tiramisu exceptional is the delicately alcoholic note of the Vermouth Mancino Kopi which, with its coffee and herb aromas, makes this dessert irresistible!
– Until next time, With love!