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In the introduction to her recipe for Tiramisu Cake, Dorie states that there was a time in the 1990s when probably the only way to avoid tiramisu would have been to go to Antarctica and even then you might not be sure it wouldnt turn up. Boy, did she ever hit the nail right on THAT head! I cant recall one single dinner party we ever went to or any restaurant we ever ate at during that time where tiramisu was NOT on the menu! I remember this so well because I dont really like tiramisu. Now, that may seem contradictory to those of you who have heard me declare my undying love for mascarpone, or who have seen recipe after recipe on this blog in which it appears as an ingredient, but its true. I dont like it. I hate soggy food, and traditional tiramisu is made with a base of Italian ladyfingers, called savoiardi, that is soaked with with coffee and booze. True, it is filled with a creamy and delicious mascarpone-based cream. But, I just cant get past those mushy, squishy savoiardi! So, rather than offend a proud and enthusiastic hostess who presented me with a heaping portion of her special tiramisu, Id usually just pick out the cream filling and feed the rest to the plants.
Needless to say, that when I saw that this weeks TWD assignment was a Tiramisu Cake, I was less than thrilled. I even considered skipping it. But since I had already skipped the previous two weeks due to unavoidable work commitments, I decided to suck it up and make the cake. After all, I didnt have to actually eat it. I figured that I could find at least one of my neighbors who would take it. And, if not, I could always give it to my sister-in-law. She never met a cake she didnt like!
So, I whipped up some Tiramisu Cake. And then, I took some pictures. I carved out a slice of the cake for a photo and it looked pretty good. Not soggy or squishy at all! Then, I figured that I should at least taste it. I mean, what kind of blogger would I be if I didnt give you the unvarnished truth about the cake, despite my personal bias. The more I looked at that cake, the more I was willing to make the sacrifice. I grabbed a fork and took a bite..and another..and another.. Well, I think you get the picture. Imagine my surprise (and delight) when I discovered that Dories Tiramisu Cake was good! Really, really good! plese subbscibbe every one who commented on my other posters plese comment on this one as well.