Zuppa Inglese continues to be an impressive dessert. It is especially perfect for those Spring and Summer lunches outdoors.
The secret ingredient is Alchermes. The delicate flavours of the Savoiardi or Pavesi (sponge-finger biscuits) and the egg custard do help but it would not be Zuppa Inglese without Alchermes is a highly alcoholic, Florentine liqueur, red in colour and specifically used for making Zuppa Inglese.
Post written 10/10/2010:
Post written 22/3/209: Alchermes/ Alkermes
And, what I concocted from my knowledge and experiences of making Zuppa Inglese and Cassata:
Post written 13/12/2012: Cassata Deconstructed – A Postmodernist Take on Sicilian Cassata
Alchermes is also good dribbled on a sponge cake.