This is a spectacular dessert if made properly. Some of the bad reviews people have written are not the fault of the recipe,but the person trying to make it. Ladyfingers are soft,sponge cake like cookies,and that is what this recipe calls for. It does not call for any kind of hard cookie whatsoever. Also,the strawberry topping turns out fine if you use whole frozen strawberries with a little sugar added with a touch of water. Bring this to a boil,and then mash them with a potato masher. After that,make a cornstarch slurry to thicken it up,and add a little red food color if you like to make it bright red. This recipe is easy,and delicious,and has become a staple in my family for springtime and summer holidays/get-togethers. Thanks for posting it. A couple more things,I cut the vanilla in half,and add about a teaspoon of almond extract to the cream cheese mixture. Also,make sure to whip the cream cheese mixture well(definitely use a stand mixer if you have one),and then gently fold in the whipped cream. Your dessert will be lighter and fluffier that way,and will definitely make enough to fit into a 9 inch pan(I use a 10 inch pan for this dessert and it is filled to the top).
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This is a spectacular dessert if made properly. Some of the bad reviews people have written...