The first ever Tiramisu World Cup

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Technically, Tiramisu is a popular coffee-flavoured Italian custard dessert, made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of eggs, sugar, and mascarpone cheese, flavoured with cocoa. But it was more popularized in the Philippines — thanks to that commercial “tiramoko, tiramisu” with a Filipino version of basic graham crackers all-purpose cream and condensed milk. Who would have thought that years after, an international special contest of Tiramisu-making would be held.

Too bad we weren’t there to judge the event.

On the first ever Tiramisu World Cup held Sunday in the city of Treviso, Andrea Ciccolella, 28, an Italian eyewear factory worker won, beating 700 other amateurs to make the softest and creamiest version of the dessert.

“My dream is to be a pastry chef and open a small cake shop of my own, where I’d make traditional, home-cooked things. Nothing fancy, but tasty and made well,” Andrea told AFP.

According to the article by AFP, competitors for the prize were split into those following the original recipe—ladyfinger biscuits, mascarpone cheese, coffee, eggs, cocoa powder and sugar—and those who were getting creative by adding everything from green tea to strawberries. Slicing bananas into the whipped mixture was also permitted, although adding alcohol like Marsala wine was not allowed.

Roberto Linguanotto, “the man behind the original recipe” as considered by Veneto, a pastry chef who worked in Treviso in the 60s and 70s, awarded the prizes.

“What gives the final touch to tiramisu is the coffee. It’s expensive because each ladyfinger needs to be dunked in espresso, and you need lots of them: intense, good quality, flavored,” he said.

Tiramisu in Italian means “pick me up”, “cheer me up” or “lift me up.”

Related thought to ponder on: Some Italian writers claim that Tiramisu is an aphrodisiac. They say that in the 1950’s, the dessert was actually created as a stamina-boosting treat that prostitutes feed their clients in Treviso brothels. Read’s: The sexy history behind this popular Italian dessert.

Like the delightful dessert, here’s something to relieve that stress.