- 8 ounces Neufchatel or fat-free cream cheese, softened
- One 4-ounce container mascarpone cheese
- 1/3 cup granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup rum
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 1/2 cups shredded toasted coconut
- 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, melted, plus more for garnish
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
- 2 dozen ladyfingers
- 1/2 cup heavy cream, whipped with 1 tablespoon sugar until stiff
Beat together the cheeses in a large bowl with a hand mixer on medium speed until smooth. Add the granulated sugar, rum and brown sugar and continue beating on medium speed until combined. Fold in 1 cup of the coconut, the pecans, melted chocolate and vanilla.
Spray a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray and then line it with ladyfingers . Alternate layers of the chocolate mixture with the remaining ladyfingers, using an offset spatula or butter knife sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Chill overnight.
Remove from the pan and decorate with whipped cream . Sprinkle the remaining 1/2 cup coconut over the whipped cream and lightly grate chocolate over the top to decorate.
Recipe courtesy Bobby Deen