This creamy tiramisu uses a combination of double-strength brewed coffee and mascarpone cheese--a soft triple-cream cheese that comes in small tubs. You can use regular cream cheese in its place, if you prefer. And you can find ladyfingers in either the bakery aisle or frozen-food case of your supermarket.
1/2 cup ground coffee beans
1 3/4 cups cold water
1/4 cup Kahlúa (coffee-flavored liqueur), divided
1/2 cup (3 1/2 ounces) mascarpone cheese
1 (8-ounce) block fat-free cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
24 ladyfingers (2 [3-ounce] packages)
2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa, divided
How to Make It
Assemble drip coffee maker according to manufacturer's directions. Place the ground coffee in the coffee filter or filter basket. Add cold water to coffee maker and brew to make 1 1/2 cups. Combine the brewed coffee and 2 tablespoons Kahlúa in a shallow dish, and cool.
Combine cheeses in a large bowl. Beat at high speed of a mixer until smooth. Add sugars and 2 tablespoons Kahlua, and beat until well-blended.
Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise.
Quickly dip 24 ladyfinger halves, flat sides down, into coffee mixture; place, dipped sides down, in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish, slightly overlapping ladyfinger halves. Spread half of cheese mixture over ladyfingers; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon cocoa. Repeat procedure with remaining ladyfinger halves, coffee mixture, cheese mixture, and 1 teaspoon cocoa.
Place 1 toothpick in each corner and 1 in the center of tiramisu (to prevent plastic wrap from sticking to cheese mixture); cover with plastic wrap. Chill 2 hours.
Made this yesterday for a dinner party and it was fantastic and so easy to make. You really do have to dip the lady fingers quickly or they fall apart. I barely got the first one out in tact. The amount of coffee is perfect - I soaked up the last bit of coffee Kahlua mixture with the last section of lady fingers. I used low fat cream cheese as I generally don't like non-fat products like that but next time I might try fat free. This may not have as much creamy filling as regular tiramisu but this is Cooking Light after all. This is a delicious, lighter, lower calorie version so shouldn't come as a surprise that some of the heaviest part of the dessert has been lightened up. I would say this recipe makes 9 servings vs 12. If you make 3 cuts each way in a square pan you get 9 fairly modest sized pieces. Overall a great dessert recipe that I'll definitely make again.
I made the mistake of allowing the lady fingers to soak up too much coffee/kahlua and so the end result came out mushy. Next time I will merely lightly dip them. The flavors were excellent and with this one change, I'm certain it will be a 5 star recipe.
This is one of my all time favorite recipes. Plus no one can believe it is so low calorie. If you would like the cake a little more moist, just leave each lady finger in the coffee/kahlua mixture a little longer so it soaks up more liquid.
Made this for a lunch party earlier this week and everyone loved it. Most of us had seconds. I cut mine into sixteen servings so people could have two servings and not feel guilty. No one could believe this was from cooking light. Will definitely be making this again. My try a different liquor next time.
I've been making this for years since it was first published, and it's one of my family's favorite desserts of all time. Amazing and simply delicious, especially in the hot summer months as a no-bake, cool dessert. Highly recommended, one of the few recipes from CL where I don't change a thing!