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This is a special dessert from Florence. The shape of the dessert is said to resemble the dome of Florence's famous church, the Duomo.

Rum soaked sponge cake strips lined a glass bowl, sandwiched with an awfully rich chocolate cream and filled a lemon and fruit flavoured ice-cream. Deep frozen and cut into wedges and served just by itself!

You can use brandy or any liqueur instead of rum if you prefer. You can prepare the zuccoto a day in advance and keep it frozen until you are ready to serve. A great way to finish a splendid Italian dinner!

You can also try other Italian desserts like the Chocolate Ricotta Torte or Cassata, Sponge Cake Layered with Vanilla and Coffee Ice Cream .

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Zuccoto recipe - How to make Zuccoto

Setting time:  3 hours   Preparation Time:    Cooking Time:    Baking Time:  30 minutes   Baking Temperature:  200°C (400°F)   Baking Temperature:  150°C (300°F)   Total Time:     7Makes 6 to 8 servings
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For The Sponge Cake
1/2 tin condensed milk
140 gms self rising flour
1 tsp levelled , baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
60 ml melted butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla essence

For The Chocolate Sauce
1/4 cup fresh cream
1/2 cup chopped dark chocolate

To Be Mixed Into A Soaking Syrup
3 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp rum
3 tbsp water

To Be Mixed Into A Filling
500 ml vanilla ice cream
3/4 cup chopped walnuts (akhrot) and glace cherries
2 tsp grated lemon rind
1/4 cup finely chopped almonds (badam)

For the chocolate sauce

    For the chocolate sauce
  1. Heat the cream in a pan.
  2. Remove from the fire, add the chocolate and mix well to get a smooth sauce.
  3. Allow to cool completely.

For the sponge cake

    For the sponge cake
  1. Sieve the flour, baking powder and soda bi-carb together.
  2. Mix the flour mixture, condensed milk, melted butter, vanilla essence and 75 ml. Of water and mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into a greased and dusted 150 mm. (6") diameter tin.
  4. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 200°c for 10 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 150°c (300°f) and a bake for a further 15 minutes.
  5. The cake is ready when it leaves the sides of the tin and is springy to touch. When ready, remove from the oven and leave for 1 minute. Invert the tin over a rack and tap sharply to remove.
  6. Cool the cake and cut into strips of 25 mm. X 125 mm. (1" x 5").

How to proceed

    How to proceed
  1. Spread a spoonful of the chocolate sauce on the sponge cake strip. Sandwich with another cake strip. Repeat for the remaining cake strips and chocolate sauce.
  2. Line a deep glass bowl with these sponge strips in such a way that is covers the entire bowl leaving a cavity in the centre.
  3. Keep aside 2 to 3 strips to cover the top.
  4. Soak the lined sponge with the soaking syrup generously and fill the cavity with the filling mixture.
  5. Cover with the remaining sponge slices and soak them with the syrup.
  6. Cover with cling film and freeze for 2 to 3 hours.
  7. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.


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Nutrient values (Abbrv) per serving
Energy561 cal
Protein11.3 g
Carbohydrates58 g
Fiber0.5 g
Fat32.3 g
Cholesterol17.9 mg
Sodium98.8 mg
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 on 07 Aug 12 12:19 PM

Sinfully delicious