Zuppa Inglese

Zuppa Inglese

Zuppa Inglese

by cooking with nonna

Zuppa Inglese, a delicious and colorful dessert traditionally made in Tuscany.


For 6 Person(s)

For the Filling:

  • 7 ounces Lady Fingers

  • 1 cup Rum

  • 1 cup Alchermes* (Maraschino is a good colorful substitute)

For the Cream:

  • 5 egg yolks

  • 5 ounces sugar

  • 3 1/2 ounces all purpose flour

  • 3 cups milk

  • 1 lemon, peel only

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Chocolate:

  • 2 1/2 ounces bitter cocoa

  • 1 1/2 ounces sugar

  • 1 ounce milk


  1. Cream Preparation:

    1. In a pan put the egg yolks and the sugar and begin whipping.

    2. Slowly add the flour and then add the vanilla to the lukewarm milk and add it to the ingredients. Add the lemon peel.

    3. Put the pan on the stove and cook at medium flame. Stir continuously until the ingredients reach the boiling point.

    4. Continue cooking for an additional 5 minutes and continue stirring.

    5. Remove the pot from the stove and let it cool. Remove the lemon peel and stir occasionally.

  2. Chocolate Preparation:

    1. In a bowl add the hot milk and slowly add the cocoa and sugar and let them melt.

    2. Let cool off.

  3. Zuppa Inglese Assembly:

    1. In a cake pan begin by adding a layer of Lady Fingers dipped on one side in the Rum and the other in the Alchermes.

    2. Add a layer of chocolate and a layer of cream.

    3. Repeat the layering process.

    4. Garnish the top with cream and chocolate.

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