Thursday, October 23, 2008


Actually, this should be more like modified tiramisu... I'm not sure it's anything close to traditional - no Marsala wine or Kahlua, for one thing - except for the ladyfingers.
Anyway, it was still yummy.

1 pkg soft ladyfingers (I found them in the freezer/bakery section)
1/2 c. strong coffee or espresso
1 t. vanilla
1 1/2 c. plain yogurt
1 pkg. cream cheese, softened (I used Neufchatel; couldn't find light cream cheese)
1/2 c. confectioner's sugar
2 T. cocoa powder
1/2 square semisweet baking chocolate, grated

Place plain yogurt in a coffee filter in a mesh strainer over a bowl. Cover and let stand in refrigerator at least 2 hours. The whey will drain out and leave the yogurt really thick and wonderful - this is yogurt cheese.
Combine yogurt cheese, softened cream cheese, and sugar. Mix well.
Combine coffee and vanilla.
Combine cocoa powder and grated chocolate.
Line bottom of ungreased loaf pan with single layer of ladyfingers. Spoon 1/2 to 1 tsp. coffee onto each ladyfinger (you could also dip each ladyfinger in the coffee before placing it in the pan).
Spoon 1/3 of cream cheese mixture over ladyfingers and spread evenly.
Sift 1/3 of cocoa mixture on top of cream cheese mixture.
Repeat layers - ladyfingers, coffee, cream cheese, cocoa, ladyfingers, coffee, cream cheese mixture.
Cover and chill overnight. Dust with remaining cocoa mixture just before serving.
Serves 5-6.

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