The Belgian consumer organization, Test-Achats, analysed commercial, packaged tiramisu... this is what they found.
What your tiramisu should contain
Tiramisu is a surprisingly easy-to-make Italian dessert. It usually alternates a layer of ladyfinger biscuits, soaked in espresso coffee, and a mixture of mascarpone, egg, sugar and amaretto or marsala. Once prepared, refrigerate for a few hours and sprinkle with cocoa.
How the pre-packaged, ‘industrial’ versions were formulated…
To illustrate, here is an example of a packaged Tiramisu by ‘Dolce Mamma’
Nb: It’s interesting how in this ‘industrial’ tiramisu, the traditional main ingredient – mascarpone – is listed as one of the thickening agents 😊.
Water, Glucose Syrup, Coconut Oil, Milk Proteins, Wheat Flour, Sugar, Alcohol, Egg
Thickeners: Carrageenan, Xanthan Gum, Tapioca Starch, Mascarpone Cheese (0.5% (Milk), Egg Yolk, Cocoa 0.5%, Dextrose, Soluble Coffee 0.3%), Potato Starch
Emulsifier: Mono and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids
Raising Agents: Sodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate
Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid
Coffee Extract, Wheat Starch, Natural Flavouring, Cocoa Butter, Salt, Caramelised Sugar, Alcohol Degree 1.8%
And the moral of this story is...
Eat ultra-processed foods at your own risk and remember the words from Test-Achats -
"Tiramisu is a surprisingly easy-to-make Italian dessert".
"FAT IS OUR FRIEND" ADVOCATES A DIET:
Sammy Pepys was the pseudonym used by James Capon when writing this book. He is not a doctor or a nutritionist but has studied nutrition and holds an MPH from Edinburgh University. Over the years, he has become increasingly suspicious of today's conventional wisdom about diet and health. When it comes to what we eat, he has helped many learn to eat more healthily.