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Zuppa Inglese

Photo: Oxmoor House
Yield 9 servings (serving size: 2/3 cup)
This dessert (pronounced ZOO-puh in-GLAY-zay) literally translates as "English soup." It's a classic Italian trifle made with custard and chocolate layered with liqueur-soaked cake. The combination of liqueurs can vary, but there should always be something red such as grenadine.


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind
  • 1 (10-ounce) loaf angel food cake, cut into 1/4 inch-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup grenadine or raspberry syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Drambuie or cognac
  • 2 tablespoons cognac
  • 1 tablespoon white rum
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped almonds

Nutrition Information

  • calories 306
  • caloriesfromfat 26 %
  • fat 8.8 g
  • satfat 3.5 g
  • monofat 3.4 g
  • polyfat 1 g
  • protein 7.9 g
  • carbohydrate 45.1 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 152 mg
  • iron 1.2 mg
  • sodium 283 mg
  • calcium 170 mg

How to Make It

  1. Put sugar and yolks in a large bowl, and beat with a mixer at high speed until pale yellow. Gradually add flour, beating until smooth.

  2. Heat milk over medium-high heat in a medium, heavy saucepan to 180° or until tiny bubbles form around edge (do not boil). Gradually add the hot milk to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk. Return the milk mixture to pan. Cook the mixture over medium heat until thick (about 8 minutes), stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in rind.

  3. Spoon 1/4 cup custard into the bottom of a 2-quart soufflé dish or compote. Arrange one-third of the cake slices in a single layer over custard. Combine the grenadine, Drambuie, cognac, and rum. Brush the grenadine mixture over cake slices until wet. Spread 1 1/4 cups custard over cake slices. Arrange one-third of the cake slices in a single layer over custard. Brush the grenadine mixture over cake slices until wet. Combine 1 1/4 cups custard and chocolate, and spread over cake slices. Arrange remaining cake slices over custard. Brush with remaining grenadine mixture. Spread remaining custard over cake slices. Sprinkle with almonds. Cover and chill at least 4 hours.