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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Easy Tiramisu

I've been going through all my old recipes again trying to find ones that I have prepared, ones I want to keep and ones I would like to throw away. This is a quick and tasty recipe for tiramisu that came from the March '05 Everyday Food. I added coffee liqueur to my recipe and cut down on the cold water. The Kahlua imparted a nice, subtle flavor to the recipe. Use a reduced -fat cream cheese in this recipe, not a fat-free. The reduced -fat cuts down on calories, but has a better flavor and consistency than fat-free. It's a simple, yet elegant dessert to serve company.

Easy Tiramisu

3 Tbsp. instant espresso powder
3 Tbsp. boiling water
1 cup cold water
1/3 cup coffee liqueur
1 (8oz) bar reduced-fat cream cheese
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/3 cup sugar
2 packages (3 oz each) soft ladyfingers
Unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting

In a medium bowl, mix espresso powder with boiling water until dissolved. Add water and coffee liqueur, set aside.
With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese with cream and sugar until light and fluffy.
Spread a few tablespoons of cream cheese mixture on the bottom of a 2-qt serving dish. Separate ladyfingers One by one, dip a third of ladyfingers in espresso, then arrange on bottom of dish. Spread with a third of the cream cheese mixture. Repeat twice with remaining ladyfingers, espresso and cream cheese mixture (can be refrigerated, covered, up to 1 day). Dust with cocoa just before serving.

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