Easy Zuppa Inglese (Italian Trifle) Recipe
Zuppa Inglese (Italian Trifle) Recipe is a super easy dessert made with rum soaked cake and layers of flavored custard. Decadent, elegant and easy.
Zuppa Inglese | Italian Trifle
- Individual serving glasses or dishes
- large bowl
- 2 medium bowls
- large saucepan
- medium saucepan
- 2 cups full-fat milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 5 large egg yolks
- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 oz semisweet chocolate - chopped
- 2 t Frangelico or hazelnut extract
- 1/2 t ground cinnamon
- 2 t vanilla extract
- 1/2 t orange peel - finely grated
- 1/2 t lemon peel - finely grated
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cup spiced rum
- 1 9 inch pound cake - 3 inches high
- Chocolate powder - optional
- Chocolate hazelnut candies for topping - optional
For Flavored Pastry Creams:
- Bring milk and 1/4 cup sugar to boil in a heavy large saucepan, stirring to dissolve sugar.
- Remove from heat.
- Whisk egg yolks with 1/4 cup sugar in large bowl to blended.
- Sift flour into yolk mixture and whisk to combine.
- Gradually whisk in warm milk mixture.
- Return mixture to the saucepan and whisk over medium heat until custard boils and thickens about 2 minutes.
- Divide hot custard between 2 medium bowls.
- In the first bowl add chocolate and Frangelico to custard and stir until chocolate melts.
- In the second bowl add vanilla, orange and, lemon peel to custard, stir to mix.
- Cover each bowl with plastic wrap and press plastic wrap onto the surface of each custard and chill until cold, at least 4 hours or overnight.
For Rum Syrup:
- In a heavy medium saucepan over medium heat combine water and sugar and heat until sugar dissolves.
- Remove from heat and mix in rum.
To Assemble and Serve:
- Cut sponge cake vertically into slices and cubes to fit your serving dishes.
- Place a layer of citrus custard on the bottom of your serving dish,
- Arrange enough cake slices to cover custard in a single layer.
- Brush rum syrup over the cake, then top with chocolate hazelnut custard.
- Add another layer of cake and brush with rum syrup.
- Top with a thin layer of chocolate custard, then a thin layer of vanilla citrus custard.
- Garnish with chocolate powder and chocolate hazelnut candy, if desired.
- Repeat for remaining servings.
- Chill for 2 hours or overnight
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