Southern Living
This rich yet light-textured dessert is best when chilled at least 2 hours to allow all the flavors to become well acquainted.
Makes 10 servings


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1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 cup whipping cream, divided
2 cups fat-free milk
1/2 cup egg substitute
2 egg yolks
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/2 vanilla bean, split
1 (8-ounce) package fat-free cream cheese, softened
1 (8-ounce) package reduced-fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brewed espresso or dark-roast coffee
3 tablespoons Marsala
3 (3-ounce) packages ladyfingers
3 tablespoons powdered sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa


Stir together sugar, 1/2 cup whipping cream, milk, and next 4 ingredients in a heavy saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 30 minutes or until thickened. Cool mixture completely. Discard vanilla bean. Whisk in cream cheeses.

Stir together espresso and Marsala. Layer one-fourth ladyfingers in a trifle bowl or large clear bowl; brush with espresso mixture. Top with one-fourth cream cheese mixture. Repeat 3 times with remaining ladyfingers, coffee mixture, and cream cheese mixture.

Beat remaining 1/2 cup whipping cream at high speed with an electric mixer until foamy; gradually add powdered sugar, beating until soft peaks form. Spoon over cream cheese mixture, and sprinkle with cocoa. Cover and chill 2 hours.

Note: To prepare espresso, stir together 3/4 cup hot water and 1/3 cup ground espresso or dark-roast coffee. Let stand 5 minutes; pour through a wire-mesh strainer lined with a coffee filter into a glass measuring cup, discarding coffee grounds. Makes 3/4 cup.

This may also be prepared in a 13- x 9-inch dish, layering ladyfingers brushed with coffee mixture and cream cheese mixture. Spread with whipped cream mixture.

Original recipe: Calories 618 (75% from fat); Fat 51g (sat 29g); Chol 314mg.

Created date

October 2002

Nutritional Information

Calories 345
Caloriesfromfat 43 %
Fat 16.6 g
Satfat 9.5 g
Monofat 4.3 g
Polyfat 1.1 g
Protein 12.3 g
Carbohydrate 35 g
Fiber 0.4 g
Cholesterol 182 mg
Iron 1.4 mg
Sodium 325 mg
Calcium 166 mg