Happy Friday! We are just a couple of days away from the New Year and up to our ears in holiday festivities and fun. This year has been especially fun. The boys seemed to enjoy Christmas more than ever. Our shopping was mostly done early and we were (for once) able to relax and really enjoy our time together.
As you might imagine, we have enjoyed our fair share of treats over the past couple of weeks. I swore off of eating them for a while… right after this week is over. The treat this week is too good to pass up. It will be perfect for New Year’s Day. It can be made early in the morning (or days before) and frozen for later. The presentation screams holiday fun!
The zuccotto is an Italian dessert that pulls together arguably three of the best things on the planet… cake, ice cream, and liquor. There are variations on the theme throughout regions of Italy. Some include whipped cream, some are made with lady fingers, others are drenched in colored syrup. The one thing that remains constant is the dome shape. It is quite possible that the dome or pumpkin shape is how it got its name. Zuccotto may come from zucca, which means pumpkin in Italian, but it is also widely believed that the name comes from the shape of the dome of the Florence cathedral. Others think the name comes from zucchetto, which is the dome-shaped skullcap worn by cardinals.
For our zucotto we have used pound cake, buttercream, and banana ice cream. But wait, there’s more. We included some chocolate (naturally) and fresh banana. And we saved the best bit for last… Whiskey Wet Walnuts. Warm these up and pour a scoop over the top of your zucotto for a wonderful finish to a new beginning.
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