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  Categories: Desserts, Usenet
       Yield: 1 batch
      10 oz Cake or lady fingers
            -(can use a cake (up
            -to 12 oz), such as
            -pound cake or sponge
            -cake.  If you make a
            -sponge cake, a 6-egg
            -cake is about right)
       3 T  Sugar, powdered (or more
            -or less, to taste)
       3 c  Whipping cream
     1/4 c  Spirits (rum, amaretto
            -or whatever you like;
            -see below for quantity)
            Assorted flavorings
            -(chocolate, nuts, coffee,
            -liqueurs, extracts...)
       2 t  Gelatin, unflavored
   Line a large hemispherical bowl with the cake or lady fingers.  If you use
   cake, cut slices in half diagonally to make large triangles and arrange
   them in a sunburst pattern. If you use lady fingers, cut some in half
   diagonally and arrange in a flower-like pattern. Douse generously with
   spirits; cake should be quite wet but not soggy.
   Dissolve the gelatin in 2 tablespoons hot water in a cup; place the cup in
   a bowl of very hot water so the gelatin melts. Check occasionally to make
   sure the surrounding water stays hot. (I suppose you could use a microwave
   for this, but I've never tried.)
   Divide the cream into two very cold bowls.  Whip each until stiff; if the
   flavoring for either half isn't sweet, add powdered sugar to taste at this
   point.  Beat the dissolved gelatin into the cream.  Flavor each half
   separately.  Spread one half around the inside of the cake-lined bowl; fill
   with the other half.
   Top with more cake and douse with more spirits.  Since this part doesn't
   show you don't need to be creative. Cover with plastic wrap and chill
   Turn out onto a platter and garnish with chopped nuts, grated chocolate, or
   powdered sugar if desired.  Cut into wedges; serves about 10-20 people
   *  Ladyfingers with cream and rum -- This makes a great dessert for a
   party. It only takes about an hour to make (more if you bake a cake
   yourself instead of buying one) and only requires a few seconds to get
   ready when served. Yield: Serves 10-20.
   *  The most recent zuccotto I made used rum to flavor the lady fingers. The
   first filling had powdered sugar, vanilla extract and about 1 1/2 oz
   chopped semi-sweet chocolate. The second had about 5 oz melted semi-sweet
   chocolate mixed with about 2 t instant coffee dissolved in a little boiling
   water, and another 1 1/2 oz chopped semi-sweet chocolate. (Just chop 3 of
   the squares of chocolate and melt the other 5). Chopped hazelnuts or
   almonds are also quite good.
   *  You can make a smaller one by using less, of course!
   : Difficulty:  moderate.
   : Time:  60 minutes preparation, overnight cooling.
   : Precision:  no need to measure.
   : paul asente
   : decwrl!glacier!cascade!asente    asente@Cascade.ARPA
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