Dessert: Zuppa Inglese by Nikki

posted by Nikki 02-08-102 7:49 AM

Zuppa Inglese

4 layers(9-inch round) sponge or angel cake, (from mix, homemade or purchased)
1 pkg vanilla pudding mix
1 ts grated lemon peel
2 c heavy cream
1/4 c sugar
2 ts vanilla
1/2 c dark rum
1 c strawberry jam or preserves
Whole strawberries or candied fruits

Bake layers by package directions, or about 25 minutes. Cool.

Prepare pudding by package directions using 1 1/2 cups milk. Add lemon peel. Cool with plastic wrap placed directly on surface.

Combine heavy cream and sugar; whip until stiff. Add vanilla, fold 1 cup into cooled pudding. Keep rest well chilled.

Place one cake layer on large serving plate; sprinkle with about 2 tablespoons rum. Spread with about 2 to 3 tablespoons jam and one-third of the custard. Repeat with two more layers of cake, rum, jam and custard. Put on top layer. Sprinkle with last of rum; spread with jam. Frost sides of cake with the whipped cream making a pretty ruffled rim around the top edge but leaving jam uncovered. Chill. Decorate top with whole strawberries or candied fruits set in the jam. Makes 10 to 12 servings.

Note: you can substitute the rum with any liqueur you like, Grand Marnier, Amaretto, etc or simple orange juice.

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