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Zuccotto (Cream and Sponge Dessert

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“A wonderful Italian dessert that takes some time and effort but the result is well worth it.”

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  1. Combine the cream and 1/4 cup of icing sugar in a bowl.
  2. Fold in the hazelnuts, cherries and chocolate then chill the mixture in the refrigerator.
  3. Mix together the brandy and orange-favoured liqueur.
  4. Line a 1 1/2 pint (1 1/2 quart) rounded (pudding) basin with three quarters of the sponge, cut it into pieces so that it fits the shape of the basin.
  5. Sprinkle the brandy mixture over the sponge lining.
  6. Spoon the cream mixture into the sponge cake, then use the remaining sponge to cover the top.
  7. Chill the mixture in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  8. Remove from the refrigerator.
  9. Run a knife around the edge of the pudding to loosen it.
  10. Invert a serving plate over the basin and holding the two together, reverse them.
  11. The zuccotto should slide out easily.
  12. Sprinkle half of the remaining icing sugar over one-quarter of the pudding and half the cocoa powder over a second quarter.
  13. Repeat these over the other half of the pudding so that the zuccotto has four alternating segments of colour.

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