Memorial Day is fast approaching here in the USA, and, well, in Italy our thoughts go to all the upcoming picnics and dining al fresco we have to look forward to this summer. Summer and strawberries go so well together. For a perfect Memorial Day dessert- impress your guests with my version of the traditional tiramisu- using strawberries instead of coffee. Definitely not your ‘run of the mill’ strawberry shortcake.
If you want to cut back on calories choose yogurt and cream cheese that are low or no fat and use a sugar substitute instead of sugar.
16 ounces of savoiardi or ladyfingers
2 lbs of fresh strawberries
24 ounces of vanilla yogurt (regular, low fat or fat -free)
8 ounces softened cream cheese (regular, low-fat or fat-free)
6 tblsps of maraschino or amaretto liqueur
6 tblsps of orange juice
1/3 cup sugar
2 tsps of vanilla
¼ cup powdered sugar
*In bowl place orange juice and liqueur and sugar. Stir with wooden spoon till sugar is dissolved.
*Add in vanilla, stir.
*Sift the powdered sugar . In separate bowl, place yogurt and softened cream cheese and stir in sifted sugar. Blend to make a creamy mixture.
*Wash strawberries and hull. Leave 4 strawberries whole for garnish and slice the rest.
*Add strawberries to yogurt mixture and stir in.
*Dip the ladyfingers into the orange juice mix for few seconds until moistened. Place on a serving dish to make one layer of ladyfingers.
*Cover this layer with yogurt mix.
*Repeat another layer of ladyfingers and cover with yogurt mix. Top with whole strawberries. Place in refrigerator 5 hours before serving.
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Ciao for now