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Zuppa Inglese

Zuppa Inglese

Prep: 22 minutes; other: 2 hours

This chilled dessert is traditionally made with layers of rum-soaked cake, creamy pudding, whipped cream, and candied fruit or almonds. We created individual servings by layering the ingredients in a variety of glasses and stemware.

Oxmoor House JUNE 2006

  • Yield: 6 servings


  • 1 (1.4-ounce) package sugar-free chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 1 (1-ounce) package sugar-free vanilla instant pudding mix
  • 4 cups fat-free milk, divided
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh orange rind
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons amaretto (almond-flavored liqueur)
  • 1 (3-ounce) package cakelike ladyfingers, split
  • 6 tablespoons frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds, toasted


1. Prepare chocolate and vanilla pudding mixes according to package directions, using 2 cups of milk in each. Stir orange rind into vanilla pudding. Stir almond extract into chocolate pudding.

2. Combine rum and amaretto in a small bowl.

3. Tear 1 ladyfinger half into pieces, and place in bottom of a 6-ounce wine glass; drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon rum mixture. Top with about 2 tablespoons vanilla pudding. Tear another ladyfinger half into pieces, and place over vanilla-pudding layer; drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon rum mixture, and top with about 2 tablespoons chocolate pudding. Repeat layers, ending with chocolate pudding. Repeat procedure with remaining ingredients and 5 wine glasses. Cover and chill at least 2 hours.

4. Spoon 1 tablespoon whipped topping onto each parfait; sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon almonds.

Note: You may substitute 1/2 teaspoon rum extract plus 2 tablespoons orange juice for the rum. You may substitute 1/4 teaspoon almond extract plus 2 tablespoons water for the amaretto, if desired.

Zuppa Inglese (ZOO-puh ihn-GLAY-zay) literally translates as "English soup."

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 195
  • Fat: 2.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 7.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 29.8g
  • Fiber: 1.1g
  • Cholesterol: 28mg
  • Iron: 0.5mg
  • Sodium: 444mg
  • Calcium: 228mg

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