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: