The best tiramisu ever?

Kitchen envy and bowl-licking goodness!

Sometimes wonderful food can be found in the most unusual of places. When I was invited to Stefano De Blasio Kitchens to celebrate the kitchen showroom’s 25th anniversary, I was told that there would be a chef there doing a demo of Italian food. What I wasn’t told is that she’d make the best tiramisu I’d ever tried! best ever tiramisu

Antonia is a private chef in her home town of Rome and was over in Cheshire to help Stefano celebrate in style. What a lady. Her first dish, spaghetti all’ Amatriciana introduced me to guanciale- cured pork cheek. I thought pancetta was tasty but oh my goodness this was something else. And proof, were it needed, that a simple dish can be the tastiest if you use the best ingredients. I am now on the look out for a chunk of guanciale; it is very fatty but much of that melted into the pan and simply added to the flavour. This is my new meat goal! If anyone knows where I can buy some in the North West please let me know.

best ever tiramisu

That guanciale packed a flavour punch!

After the spaghetti we were promised killer tiramisu and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I love tiramisu but weirdly have never made it myself. Antonia made it look very easy and her artisan Savoyard fingers (lady fingers to you and me) which she brought over from Italy looked so much more impressive than the tiny pale things we have in the shops over here. best ever tiramisu

I can’t describe how good this was. The mascarpone was velvety smooth, the coffee was strong but not over powering because the fingers weren’t soaked to ruination in it. The cocoa cut through that creaminess. The elements all came together in one perfect bowlful. Even thinking about it now, I am not embarrassed by the fact I scraped my bowl clean!

best ever tiramisu

Antonia instructs on how to dunk your sponge fingers correctly.

I am inspired to give it a go myself. The next time we have friends over for food, this is on the menu (I can’t risk making it when there are just us two in as I may eat it all and end up in a pudding coma!).  I am also searching for some of these authentic Savoyard fingers as I don’t know if I can use tiny supermarket ones after seeing the real deal!

Stefano De Blasio and Antonia kindly supplied the recipe so we can recreate it at home, and generously also gave us an authentic Moka pot to make the espresso needed for the recipe.

best ever tiramisu

Real tiramisu calls for real espresso made the Italian way!

The key is to be patient and let it set for at least a few hours, if not overnight. Trust me, it is hard but oh so worth it!

I love my kitchen, but stepping into Stefano De Blasio I let my imagination run wild with what I could do. I love The Charles Rennie Mackintosh range, and am seriously considering changes my handles and knobs to these. It would be an easy way to make a big difference. best ever tiramisu With a bit more time and money I would definitely fit a flush extractor fan like the one in the demo kitchen-not only was it flush but the lights were great and it was so quiet!

Gorgeous kitchen inspiration. Image courtesy of

Gorgeous kitchen inspiration. Image courtesy of

Fancy giving it a go yourself? Here’s how Antonia makes her tiramisu. It says feeds 8-10, but I just see that as a challenge! best ever tiramisu

Congratulations Stefano on reaching such an amazing anniversary – 120,000 projects and counting! And thank you to Stefano and Gino for the invite, and Antonia for the amazing food- please come and cook for me any time you want!

I will share my own tiramisu pictures on Instagram and Facebook when I make it…unless I eat it all up first!

Stefano De Blasio Kitchens and Interiors
Unit 3 Waverton Business Park, Waverton, Chester. CH3 7DP



Posted by Claire

She eats. She drinks. She cooks. She travels. She learns. She tastes. She bakes. A foodie with exceptional taste! Always looking for the best food and drink producers from far and wide. Chocolate brownie queen. Judge: International Cheese Awards. Cheese fiend! Travel lover. What better way to discover new food, than to travel to it. Massive fan of The Archers. Crazy cat lady and proud. NW England / Manchester / UK Twitter & Insta: She_Eats_Blog Facebook: SheEatsBlog

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