TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 10 servings


  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 package (3 ounces) ladyfingers, split
  • 1 package (3 ounces) lemon gelatin
  • 1 cup boiling orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1 cup reduced-fat whipped topping

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 221 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 98mg cholesterol, 100mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 0 fiber), 6g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1 fruit, 1 fat.


  1. Pour milk into a small metal bowl; place mixer beaters in the bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours or overnight. Line the sides of a 9-in. springform pan with ladyfingers; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, dissolve gelatin in orange juice. Stir in the sugar, lemon juice and peel; cool to room temperature.
  3. Beat chilled milk until soft peaks form; fold into gelatin mixture. Pour into prepared pan. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or until firm. Spread with whipped topping. Remove sides of pan. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 10 servings.
Originally published as Ladyfinger Lemon Dessert in Light & Tasty April/May 2003 , p43

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.

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ambarton71 User ID: 4837680 126314
Reviewed Nov. 12, 2013 Edited Nov. 13, 2013

"I couldn't find Ladyfingers anywhere. Going to make it with Veinna Fingers instead and see how it turns out. Advise on where to find Ladyfingers? I went to 5 different stores. Rite aide, Walmart, Albertsons, Vons and CVS. No luck at any of them. Will rerate it once I see how well it tastes looking for ingredient was hard. :-) I am thinking I did something wrong along the way. I poured into my spring pan and as I was rinsing my bowl I turned around to find it leaking all over my counter. Needless to say it didn't set since it was the jello part that seeped out."

babybouncer User ID: 2780160 138799
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"I used a sugar free lemon pound cake instead of lady fingers because I could not find lady fingers. I also used sugar free lemon Jello. So the only sugar I used was what it called for. This made an almost sugar free and legal for diabetics. Every one loved it and I made it 3 times in less than a week. Great!!!!!"

hippet User ID: 5751201 68867
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2012

"I made this dessert and wanted to share it, and my husband said "No ". I did anyway. Sooo Good!"

rkjarmyers User ID: 5232923 62690
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"Very light and fluffy and such a wonderful lemon flavor!!!! Will make again and again!"

Locker261 User ID: 5335204 54702
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"I made this recipe and the taste was great, but I found the centre to be too soft (on the second day) and the remainder was falling off the Ladyfingers...Any suggestions?? I use all the ingredients as directed."

JeanGeair User ID: 405815 87348
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"Loved it. My bunco group all wanted the receipe."

[email protected] User ID: 3044362 129330
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"I used low-fat (1%) evaporated milk to make this recipe and it turned out delicious! My husband's all-time favorite pie is lemon meringue and this is about as close as you can get to it; but this recipe is much easier and healthy!"

Grandmonga User ID: 6328595 62688
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"Super recipe which I made lighter by using sugar free lemon gelatin and light topping. This would even be great made in a mold and without the ladyfingers."

beachyone01 User ID: 2548733 54700
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"This was wonderful! Very refreshing and a big hit with my family. Will certainly make this again!"

foodist User ID: 2733899 42300
Reviewed Jul. 12, 2012

"Can't find soft ladyfingers"

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