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How to make a lower-fat mocha ricotta tiramisu

How to make a lower-fat mocha ricotta tiramisu

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Do you love tiramisu, but worry it contains too much fat? Swap the mascarpone for ricotta and Greek-style yoghurt to make this delicious lower-fat dessert
This lower-fat version of the popular Italian dessert uses a mixture of sweetened ricotta and yoghurt instead of mascarpone. Vary the flavour to your taste by experimenting with different types of liqueur, such as hazelnut, orange, cherry or raspberry.
Preparation time: 20 minutes, plus chilling.
Cooking time: Nil.
Serves: 4.


  • 8 savoiardi (lady finger biscuits)
  • 1tsp espresso instant coffee granules
  • 125ml boiling water
  • 2tbsps coffee liqueur or brandy
  • 1tsp caster (superfine) sugar
  • 200g reduced-fat ricotta
  • 200g Greek-style yoghurt
  • 3tbsps icing (confectioners’) sugar, sifted
  • 1tsp vanilla essence
  • 30g dark chocolate (at least 70 per cent cocoa), grated, to decorate


  1. Break each of the savoiardi into three pieces, then divide evenly among four 250ml glass tumblers or bowls
  2. In a small bowl, combine the coffee, boiling water, liqueur or brandy and caster sugar, and stir to dissolve. Pour evenly over the savoiardi. Leave to soak while you make the topping
  3. In a bowl using an electric mixer, beat the ricotta, yoghurt, icing sugar and vanilla until smooth and creamy. Pile on top of the soaked savoiardi
  4. Sprinkle each dessert with grated chocolate. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes (but no more than three hours) before serving

Notes about the recipe

Ricotta cheese is much lower in fat and kilojoules than creamy mascarpone, which is traditionally used in this dessert. Adding Greek-style yoghurt to the ricotta provides creaminess without loading the fat content. For a very smooth texture, push the ricotta through a sieve before using.
"Adding Greek-style yoghurt to the ricotta provides creaminess without lots of fat content"
Savoiardi are light, sweet sponge biscuits shaped like a finger. They are also known as sponge fingers or lady fingers.
Banner photo: A delicious mocha ricotta tiramisu which is lower in fat than the classic mascarpone tiramisu (credit: Reader's Digest Books)
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