D: I love what tiramisu means—“pick me up.” But it wasn’t until I had it in Tuscany that I came to appreciate it. All the tiramisu I’d had before were overlayered, containing too much cream, and intensely sweetened. More like, “pick me up then watch me crash.”
G: That’s because American tiramisu often uses heavy cream and sugar. Real mascarpone cream is actually an unsweetened cream cheese, buttery but not sweet. A proper tiramisu achieves the right balance of coffee, cookie, chocolate, and cream.