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

Southern Living NOVEMBER 2002

  • Yield: Makes 10 servings


  • 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.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 345
  • Calories from fat: 43%
  • Fat: 16.6g
  • Saturated fat: 9.5g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 4.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
  • Protein: 12.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 35g
  • Fiber: 0.4g
  • Cholesterol: 182mg
  • Iron: 1.4mg
  • Sodium: 325mg
  • Calcium: 166mg

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