Tiramisu Pudding Trifle
Sometimes on a Friday afternoon after a “challenging” week at work, you just need a little pick me up. This was my situation several weeks ago. The solution at the time was a trip down to a relatively new bakery in Aiea for some tiramisu. The taste was decent, but it was hard paying over $3.50 for just one little piece.
So when the following Friday arrived after yet another “challenging” week, I called up the hubs on the way home from work to say we were going to go grocery shopping for some tiramisu ingredients as soon as he got home.
While I waited for him to get home, I did some quick tiramisu recipe searches to see what I was up against. What I was craving was the taste of tiramisu, not necessarily the added inches to the waistline. So after a short brainstorm I decided to completely deviate from the traditional recipes and go more for a tiramisu pudding trifle.
I liked this simple and healthier version of a tiramisu dessert very much. I can eat a lot more of it without the guilt, plus it’s so fast and easy to make.
1 package of ladyfingers
2 cups milk (skim or 2%)
1 box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup coffee or espresso
1/4 to 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Prepare the vanilla pudding as stated in the directions. For mine I combined the pudding mix with 2 cups of skim milk.
Next, leave the pudding in the fridge to chill and brew a strong cup of coffee or espresso. When that’s done you are ready to layer.
I used a 7 inch x 7 inch square corningware dish but you can use whatever shape and size that floats your boat.
Here is how the layering went (from bottom to top):
1. Quickly dip each ladyfinger in the coffee/espresso and layer across the bottom
2. Spread a layer of pudding
3. Sprinkle a layer of cocoa powder
Repeat steps 1-3 two more times, or until you run out of ingredients.
When I was done putting this together I let it hang out in the fridge for a bit. It’s not necessary, but in my case I decided to make dinner first before digging in.
The next time I have a “challenging” week at work, it’ll be tiramisu pudding trifle for me…either that or a flight to Italy to chow down on the real deal.