Zuppa Inglese

    2 hours 30 mins

    This Zuppa Inglese recipe is an Italian cream rum cake that requires no baking. It is sooo rich and delicious...My Mum made it for special occasions. For a slightly different taste use almond sponge cookies and almond flavouring in place of the rum.

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    Serves: 12 

    • 1 (300g) jar maraschino cherries
    • 1 teaspoon rum flavoured extract
    • 1 (100g) package instant vanilla pudding mix
    • 1 (100g) package instant chocolate pudding mix
    • 2 (90g) packages ladyfinger cookies
    • 2 cups (500ml) thickened cream
    • 1 teaspoon caster sugar
    • 60g almonds, lightly toasted

    Prep:30min  ›  Extra time:2hr chilling  ›  Ready in:2hr30min 

    1. In a small bowl, drain cherry juice and add rum; set aside. Prepare vanilla and chocolate puddings in separate bowls, according to package directions. Allow to set up 5 minutes.
    2. In a 24x34cm (9x13 inch) baking tin, place a layer of cookies on the bottom of the dish; cut a few of the cookies in order to create a tight fit, if needed.
    3. Sprinkle cookie layer with 1/3 of the cherry juice mixture and spoon vanilla pudding over the cookies, spreading to the edge of the pan. Repeat steps with cookies, cherry juice and chocolate pudding. Make final layer with cookies and remaining juice.
    4. In a medium bowl, whip cream and sugar together until soft peaks form. Top dessert with whipped cream, sprinkle with almonds, and garnish with whole cherries. Refrigerate for 2 hours or more before serving.

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    Authentic Zuppa Inglese has no cherry juice. It is made with Alchermes, a liquor which can only be obtained in Italy. Our family has made Zuppa Inglese for almost 100 years, and the custard is made painstakingly from scratch. There are probably 100 different versions out there, depending upon which region of Italy your family came from, and yours sounds delicious.  -  15 Oct 2004  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I made this for Christmas and WOW it was beautiful and delicious! I made no changes to the recipe and it is a "keeper". I can only imagine the real Italian version as the previous reviewer shared. Must be over the top, but you cannot go wrong serving this very simple to make and elegant dessert! Thanks for sharing it!  -  26 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This was a very similar texture to Tiramisu-but with a Spumoni flavor. I had a party and make this and everyone liked it. I couln't find ladyfinger cookies so I used the anisette sponges and it turned out fine. I did end up using more cherry juice and rum extract though. I was pleasantly surprised.  -  03 Apr 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)