This tiramisu was a hit with our Test Kitchens staff, who agreed that it's one of the best they've come across. Ladyfingers can be found in the bakery or the frozen-food section of the supermarket. We used soft ladyfingers, which are made to be split.
1 cup cold water
1 (14-ounce) can fat-free sweetened condensed milk
1 (8-ounce) tub frozen reduced-calorie whipped topping, thawed
1 cup hot water
1/2 cup Kahlúa (coffee-flavored liqueur)
1 tablespoon instant espresso or 2 tablespoons instant coffee granules
24 cakelike ladyfingers (2 [3-ounce] packages)
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, divided
How to Make It
Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir well with a whisk. Cover surface with plastic wrap; chill 30 minutes or until firm.
Remove plastic wrap, and add cream cheese. Beat with a mixer at medium speed until well-blended. Gently fold in whipped topping.
Combine hot water, Kahlúa, and espresso. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise. Arrange 16 ladyfinger halves, flat sides down, in a trifle bowl or large glass bowl. Drizzle with 1/2 cup Kahlúa mixture. Spread one-third of pudding mixture evenly over ladyfingers; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon cocoa. Repeat layers, ending with cocoa. Cover and chill at least 8 hours.
This is my favorite dessert so there were big shoes to fill. Instead of instant espresso I used Starbucks Via decaf. Instead of Kaluha I used coffee extract. The cream needed either less vanilla pudding or more whipped cream; I prefer a more 'airy' cream. I wish I had used more lady fingers. Fabulous for a first attempt though.
Loved it! Actually took it to a potluck where guests were voting on the best dish and won! Like another reviewer pointed out, I'll try adding the mascarpone next time as I think it will help with the consistency and still taste divine! Definitely will make it again!
I swear, I have dinner parties, just so I can make this! Everyone loves it. If you are looking for a true, heavy, Italian style Tiramisu, this is not for you. This is a lovely, light and fluffy version, with all of the flavors and very few of the fats and calories. I have frozen individual portions successfully, in an airtight container, for several weeks. I do cut the liquids by about 1/3, as I don't like it sopping, just wet.
WOW! This is soooo good!! We ended up using the harder ladyfingers as that is all i was able to find and then kept them whole and just made two layers of them! We also doubled the liquid portion since essentially we doubled the cake portion and it was SOOOO good! We let it soak for 36 hrs and it was perfect! Can't believe it is light!! Wonderful!!
I used a 3.4 oz box of the pudding since the 1.4 oz box called for in the recipe never firmed up properly. I also cut the kahlua in half and replaced it with extra coffee per previous reviewers' suggestions. Incredible dessert! Undoubtedly the best tiramisu I have ever had.
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