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 tiramisu    [tih-ruh-mee-SOO, tih-ruh-MEE-soo]

The translation for tiramisu  is "carry me up," and many who taste this ethereal dessert assume the unspoken continuation must surely be "to heaven." Tiramisu  is a light composition of sponge cake or ladyfingers dipped in a coffee-MARSALA mixture, then layered with MASCARPONE (an ultrarich Italian cream cheese) and grated chocolate. The dessert is refrigerated for several hours before serving to allow the flavors to intermingle. Although tiramisu  is sometimes referred to as an Italian TRIFLE, its texture is much lighter than that dessert.

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Material adapted from the The New Food Lover's Companion

© Copyright Barron's Educational Services, Inc. 1995 based on
THE FOOD LOVER'S COMPANION, 2nd edition, by Sharon Tyler Herbst.

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