Tiramisu is a traditional Italian dessert which translates to “pick me up” in English because of the high sugar and caffeine content in the dessert. Tiramisu is very similar to a rich layered cake; it consists of sponge fingers dipped in bitter espresso layered with a sweet mascarpone-zabaglione cream and then finally topped with cocoa powder.
We were taught how to make fresh pasta in our American cuisine class today.
Fettuccini is popular in Roman and Tuscan culture and literally translates to “little ribbons”. Fettuccini is available dried as well and is often coloured with the addition of spinach purée, squid ink, beetroot purée etc.
Fresh pasta cooks much quicker than dried pasta and is more springier to the bite than compared to dried pasta. Fresh pasta is made from egg and all purpose flour while the dried pasta we get in the supermarkets are made primarily from durum wheat flour and water which is why they are much more firm in comparision.
Pasta is said to be cooked al dente which means “to the tooth” which basically means that it should be firm enough after boiling to get a toothsome bite. But this concept does not apply to fresh pasta as it is much more delicate than the hard durum wheat pasta.
Fresh pasta can be made relatively quickly with practise and tastes so much better than dried pasta and for the curious cooks out there, I’d really recommended investing in a pasta roller and making pasta from scratch every single time.
In bakery class we learnt about Italian pies. A crostorta is a deep dish pie made of 5 layers: shortcrust pastry, jam, sponge cake, creme patisserie, apples and then topped of with simple meringue standing up in peaks.
What stands out in Italian cuisine is the rustic, homemade feel and look of the dish. While French cuisine is all about elaborate playing and delicately prepared dishes, Italian cuisine is warm and hearty and comforting.
Deconstructed Pesto Cheesecake
For our Science of Cooking class, we learnt about dry ice and about how we could incorporate its usage in the Kitchen/Bakery.
To get us interested in the topic, our professor Mr.Prabakar Shastri, conducted a competition where in we had to use dry ice to prepare anything we wanted.
We realized that we could use the dry ice as a quick setting agent for a cold dessert. So we froze basil leaves using the dry ice and then crumbled it. We then infused it into sweetened hot cream along with gelatin and cream cheese and sped up the setting process by whisking it over a bowl filled with dry ice to create a Sweet Basil Cheesecake.
We made a salty herb biscuit crumble, praline bits and a sweet tomato coulis to go along with it.
We won first place.
you can see us preparing the dessert this video.