While I truly treasure this wonderful place I call home, when it comes time to look for “specialty” ingredients I’m often left wanting. Such was the case the first time I set out to make tiramisu. I had a hard enough time finding marscarpone, but the ladyfingers (also known as “savoiardi”) were impossible to find around here. I made my own out of necessity, and haven’t looked back since. They’re so light and delicate, a perfect cross between a cake and a cookie.

Of course tiramisu is the first thing that comes to mind, but these delicate little beauties have so many applications. I especially like them topped with some fresh berries tossed in a bit of sugar or drizzled with honey. Don’t go to the Italian specialty section of your grocery store to buy these ever again. Save yourself a few bucks and make them at home!