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Jason McDonald’s Lite Tiramisu Recipe
Recipe Type: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Jason McDonald
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Serves: 9
This tiramisu recipe was provided by Jason McDonald and is a significant step towards a healthier tiramisu experience. Using non-fat ingredients and light cream cheese helps cut down on the calories as well as fat content.
  • SUGAR, ½ cup
  • DARK RUM, 2 tablespoons
  • LIGHT CREAM CHEESE, 1 package (8 ounces)
  • HOT WATER, 1-1/4 cups
  • INSTANT EXPRESSO COFFEE GRANULES, 1 tablespoon + ½ teaspoon
  • UNSWEETENED COCOA, ½ teaspoon
  1. Position knife blade in food processor; add first 6 ingredients. Process until smooth; set aside.
  2. Combine hot water and espresso granules.
  3. Split ladyfingers in half lengthwise.
  4. Quickly dip 20 ladyfinger halves, cut-side down, in espresso (which you’ve mixed in a small bowl).
  5. Place, dipped side down, into the bottom of a 9″ square baking dish.
  6. Dip 20 more halves cut-side down into the espresso.
  7. Arrange dipped side down on top of the first layer.
  8. Spread 2 cups of the cheese mixture over the ladyfingers evenly.
  9. Repeat procedure with remaining ladyfinger halves, espresso, and cheese mixture.
  10. Place one toothpick in each corner and one in the center of the Tiramisu (to prevent plastic wrap from sticking to the cheese mixture).
  11. Cover with plastic wrap. Refrigerate 3-8 hours.
  12. Remove toothpicks; sprinkle with cocoa.
  13. Optional: Add fresh or frozen fruit or cinnamon sugar as a garnish.


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