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A tribute to the father of Tiramisù

Today the world lost Ado Campeol at age 93. Let's all celebrate his fantastic creation as a tribute to him and the dessert that changed the world.

There have been long-running disputes about the origin of Tiramisù, including claims that it was served as an aphrodisiac at a brothel in the north Italian city of Treviso. However it is now widely accepted the recipe was developed in Campeol's restaurant in the city.

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Today Tiramisù is one of the most widely known and loved desserts on the planet. In Italian, Tiramisù means “cheer me up” and is a reference to its two caffeine-containing ingredients, coffee and cocoa.

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The original shape of the Tiramisù cake is round, although the shape of the biscuits allows the use of a rectangular or square pan, spreading the classic image “to tile”. It is made of ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a mix of mascarpone cheese and egg yolks, flavoured with cocoa and liquor. However, numerous variations of Tiramisù exists today.

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The largest Tiramisù cake is 3,015 kilograms and was prepared by Associazione Culturale La Conserva, in collaboration with Despar, Latte Blanc, Caffè Toto and Uova Pascolo in Gemona del Friuli, Italy, on 25 May 2015.

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The longest Tiramisù cake measures 273.50 metres and was prepared by Galbani Santa Lucia (Italy), in Milan, Italy, on 16 March 2019. The Tiramisù was prepared by students of the Milan cooking school directed by Chef Stefano Callegaro, winner of the fourth edition of the “Masterchef Italia” cooking show.

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Credit: Guinness World Records

The dish was the result of an accident, according to the dessert's co-inventor, Chef Roberto Linguanotto. While making vanilla ice cream, Linguanotto dropped some mascarpone cheese into a bowl of eggs and sugar. After he noticed the mixture's pleasant taste, he told Campeol's wife Alba Di Pillo. The pair then perfected the dessert by adding ladyfinger sponges soaked in coffee, and sprinkling it with cocoa.

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Credit: Dissapore

Farewell, Ado Campeol and thank you for Tiramisù!

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