About 45 years ago I worked in an office where everyone brought a dish on Fridays. My all-time favorite was a zuppa inglese, and I hope someone has a recipe to share.
Jena Parker, New Port Richey
Mae Bissonette of Seminole shares a recipe for zuppa inglese or Italian rum cake. Mae's recipe calls for a sponge cake, and she wrote that she had purchased it at the Publix bakery. Well, I went to two Publix stores and both told me they no longer make the sponge cakes. I substituted an angel food cake, because the recipe calls for a premade cake. When making the custard, it is important to stir it constantly so it does not begin to solidify. The mild hint of lemon is very refreshing. Overall, this is an easy dessert to make. Just be patient making the custard.
Linda Wolf of Treasure Island would like the deviled eggs recipe from the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Largo resident Jean Arnold would like the A&P pumpkin pie recipe.
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