Search Recipes

Zuccotto

ZUCCOTTO IS A SPECIALITY OF THE CITY OF FLORENCE. IT'S SHAPE PERHAPS INSPIRED BY THE ROUNDED ROOF OF THE LOCAL DUOMO. ZUCCOTTO IS ALSO A VARIANT OF ZUCCHETTO, THE NAME OF THE CARDINALS' SKULL-CAPS.

Ingredients

Zuccotto
Zuccotto
300 g (10½ oz) Madeira or pound cake
3 tablespoons maraschino liqueur
3 tablespoons brandy
500 ml (2 cups) thick (double/heavy) cream
90 g (¾ cup) icing (confectioners’) sugar
150 g (5½ oz) dark chocolate, roughly chopped
50 g (1¾ oz) blanched almonds
25 g (1 oz) skinned hazelnuts
25 g (1 oz) candied peel, chopped
cocoa powder, to dust
icing (confectioners’) sugar, to dust 

Method

  1. CUT the cake into 1 cm (½ inch) slices and then cut each slice into two triangles. Combine the maraschino and brandy and sprinkle them over the cake.
  2. LINE a round 1.5 litre (6 cup) bowl with a layer of plastic wrap and then with the cake slices. Arrange the slices with the narrow point of each triangle pointing into the bottom of the bowl to form a star pattern, fitting each piece snugly against the others so you don't have any gaps. Cut smaller triangles to fit the gaps along the top and keep the rest of the cake for the top.
  3. WHIP the cream until soft peaks form and then whisk in the icing sugar until you have a stiff mixture. Add about a third of the chocolate and the almonds, hazelnuts and candied peel. Mix together thoroughly, then fill the cake-lined bowl with half the mixture, making a hollow in the middle and drawing the mixture up the sides. Leave in the fridge.
  4. MELT the rest of the chocolate in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, or in a microwave, and fold it into the remaining cream mixture. Spoon this into the bowl and then cover the top with a layer of cake triangles, leaving no gaps. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
  5. TO SERVE, unmould the zuccotto and use a triangular piece of cardboard as a template to dust the top with alternating segments of cocoa and icing sugar.
Main ingredient:
Pastry
Cuisine:
Italian
Course:
Dessert

Comments

Be the first to comment.

Make a comment

You are logged in as [Logout]

All information entered below may be published.

Error: Please enter your screen name.

Error: Your Screen Name must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Your Location must be less than 255 characters.

Error: Please enter your comment.

Error: Your Message must be less than 300 words.

Post to

You need to have read and accepted the Conditions of Use.

Thank you

Your comment has been submitted for approval.

Comments are moderated and are generally published if they are on-topic and not abusive.

Latest on EK

Pester power: Call for ban on free toys used to sell unhealthy food

Obesity experts say freebies should be restricted to attracting children to healthier options.

Mums' workload equals 2.5 full-time jobs

A study has found working mums toil for an average of 98 hours a week.

How many of our bosses would have aced NAPLAN tests?

In more than 25 years' of journalism, I've never interviewed a leader who topped his or her class at school.

Children's shoes found to contain cancer-causing chemical

The ACCC had issued an urgent recall.

When it comes to sport, boys 'play like a girl'

Girls in primary school are just as physically capable as their male classmates, according to research.

Find After School Care

Search by Postcode

Find a Babysitter

  • Daytime nannies
  • Casual babysitters
  • After-school care
  • Live-in nannies