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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Tiramisu..A Light Delight

Anytime is perfect time for this timeless dessert- Tiramisu. It literally means ‘pick me up’ in Italian. And it is truly a pick me up with chocolate and coffee together. It is typically eaten as a snack with an espresso in the afternoon, but also for dessert after a meal.
The original version is really heavy on the calories if you use the ultra creamy mascarpone cheese. Since SPring & Summer are times of the year typical for using light fresh foods- I have created for you here a lighter way to enjoy Tiramisu. I think you will enjoy it just as much and will be happy not to have to burn the extra calories.

Tiramisu (light version)
(copyright, 2005,2006,2007, The Basic Art of Italian Cooking, Maria Liberati)

*16 ounce package of savoiardi or ladyfingers
*1 cup espresso coffee with 1 tablespoon sugar or 2 packets of artificial sweetener
*powdered cocoa
*1 tsp amaretto or anisette liqueur
*16 ounces of fat free coffee flavored yogurt
*small piece of dark chocolate (at least 60% cocoa)

Place espresso coffee with 1 tblsp of sugar or 2 packets of artificial sweetener in shallow bowl. Wet each ladyfinger in the coffee mixture for about 2 seconds. Then arrange biscotti-side by side to on a plate.
Place yogurt in bowl, place in liqueur if desired and blend with spoon. Spread about 3/4 of yogurt mixture on top of ladyfingers. Repeat again and top with ladyfingers and then top with remaining yogurt mixture. Place in refrigerator for at least one hour. Right before serving, dust with powdered cocoa and shave some dark chocolate on top.

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