Pronunciation: [tih-ruh-mee-SOO; tih-ruh-MEE-soo]

1. The translation for tiramisu is "carry me up" (or "pick me up"), and many assume the unspoken continuation must surely be "to heaven." Tiramisù is an airy mélange of sponge cake or ladyfingers dipped in a coffee-marsala mixture, then layered with mascarpone and grated chocolate. Although is sometimes referred to as an Italian trifle, its texture is much lighter than that dessert. 2. A dark brown Italian liqueur with a pronounced coffee-almond flavor.

From The Food Lover's Companion, Fourth edition by Sharon Tyler Herbst and Ron Herbst. Copyright © 2007, 2001, 1995, 1990 by Barron's Educational Series, Inc.

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