This past November, I had the wonderful opportunity to visit Il Fontanaro organic farm, villas and cooking school in the magical rolling emerald hills of Umbria, Italy. All my readers need to add this slow living countryside dream holiday to their Italy bucket list immediately. Il Fontanaro was my favorite Italy travel memory to date and I’m thrilled to share the full experience on this gorgeous countryside escape next week. For now a little teaser: the Tiramisu recipe that FOREVER changed Tiramisu for me.
My beyond incredible host Alina happens to be a native to Rome, and true native Romans happen to hold the secret to the the best Tiramisu recipe in existence. It has a major heavenly twist which I’m sure the fates haven’t graced you with yet, and it’s brilliantly simple: Italian cookies, NOT ladyfingers.
That’s right. It’s time to throw your inherently stale, sad and hopeless ladyfingers into the rubbish bin and fill your Tiramisu supplies with cookies. I literally spent my midnights at Il Fontanaro devouring Alina’s Tiramisu fireside while watching The Sound of Music on repeat – essentially the best midnights of my life. Alina uses a delicious brand called Gentilini which I’ve yet to find in New York, but in my mission to recreate this at home I found experimenting with a few different types of cookies led to the most outrageously happy weeks of my life.
The two key tips I have for selecting the perfect cookies is first to aim for a sweet-but-not-too-sweet treat that you could easily eat 12 of without issue. Oh, and it should be extra crispy (they are pros at soaking up all that wonderful espresso).
You’ll have to visit Alina at Il Fontanaro for her recipe (it’s too much of a treasure to claim as my own), but here is my slightly altered version which I know you’ll devour: