Low-fat version of tiramisu

Carla Brumfield of Darlington requested a low-fat tiramisu. She said she had it several years ago, lost it and "I hope someone out there has it."

Catherine Rooker of Baltimore responded. "Here is a recipe I got from Cooking Light magazine several years ago," Rooker wrote.


"A friend with a strong Italian background said she loved it. Since I am not a coffee drinker, I have also made this with double-strength orange juice [mix frozen concentrate with half the amount of water] and added a layer of sliced strawberries and toasted sliced almonds. It makes a light and refreshing variation."

Low-Fat Tiramisu


Serves 9

1/2 cup sugar

1 cup nonfat cottage cheese

1 cup nonfat sour cream

1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt

8 ounces nonfat cream cheese

2 tablespoons dark rum

1 1/4 cups hot water (see note)


3 1/2 teaspoons instant espresso granules

40 ladyfingers

1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa

Process sugar, cottage cheese, sour cream, yogurt, cream cheese and rum in a food processor until smooth; set aside.

Combine hot water and espresso granules. Split ladyfingers. Dip 20 halves in espresso and place, dipped side down, in an oblong pan. Dip 20 more and arrange on top of first layer.

Spread half of cheese mixture on top of ladyfingers. Repeat with remaining ladyfingers and cheese. Place toothpick in each corner and one in center (to keep plastic wrap from sticking) and cover with plastic wrap.


Refrigerate 3 to 8 hours. Remove plastic wrap and toothpicks and sprinkle with cocoa. Note: If desired, use 1 1/4 cups strong coffee instead of the hot water and instant espresso granules.

Tester Laura Reiley's comments: "This tastes remarkably like regular tiramisu. The graininess of the nonfat cottage cheese simulates the texture of more high-fat mascarpone and ricotta cheeses. Store-bought ladyfingers aren't particularly low-fat. You could substitute low-fat sponge- or pound cake to shave off a bit more fat."

Recipe requests

Howard Zimmerman, born in Baltimore and now living in the Washington area, is running low on his supply of Haussner's vinegar, which he said his Baltimore family supplied him with. Now he can no longer find the vinegar and would love the recipe for it.

Barbara Schlaich of Westminster is seeking the recipe for the coconut muffin that she had at the Marina Deck Restaurant in Ocean City. "It was wonderful, with coconut flavoring but no shredded coconut," she wrote. "If anyone has a recipe for a coconut muffin, particularly this one, I would appreciate it."

If you are looking for a recipe or can answer a request, write to Ellen Hawks, Recipe Finder, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278.