Christmas Eve

slices of poundcake cut diagonally into triangles

Christmas Eve used to be a night spent at Eric’s parents’ house.  But the past couple of years, Eric has wanted to host Christmas Eve at our house.  He always does a magnificent job with planning the menu and creating an amazing meal.  This year he asked me to make a dessert, so we went on the hunt for something worthy of our fancypants holiday meal.  We decided on Giada’s Zuccotto.  On Christmas Eve morning, I got to work on my dessert.  I used a premade poundcake, as Giada suggests.  After all the baking I’d done the week before, I didn’t want to bake anything else!

Once you cut the slices into triangles, it makes this pretty spiral in the bottom of your bowl.

pound cake triangles arranged in a spiral in a bowl

Once you get your “shell” created, you put in both layers of filling – an outer chocolate layer and an inner almond layer.

chocolate and almond filling added to the bowl level with the top of the pound cake slices

Once you’ve put your filling in, you create the base of the dessert by adding a layer of poundcake in another spiral over the top of your bowl.  After it sets, when you’re ready to serve, you invert your dessert and it comes out looking like a very intricately created dome that is supposed to be reminiscent of the dome of a Cathedral.  A sprinkling of cocoa powder over the top and you are ready to serve.

slice of Zuccotto showing the poundcake on the outside and bottom and the chocolate and almond layers

It’s a pretty impressive looking dessert that doesn’t require a lot of prep.  And it tastes so good.  The chocolate/almond pairing is wonderful.

Of course, it’s a long while before we get to dessert.  We always start out the evening with antipasto and champagne.  This year we served bruschetta, two kinds of marinated olives, several kinds of cheese including a Triple Cream, one with truffles, a Dubliner, and of course Provolone.

champagne flutes, bowls of olives, a tray of bruschetta, a cutting board of cheese and a tray of crackers on a coffee table

There was prosciutto and hard salami.  And Eric did a wonderful take on caprese salad – he stuffed cherry tomatoes with buffalo mozzarella and a little fresh basil.  So delicious!

a tray of salami and prosciutto and little trays of cherry tomatoes stuffed with mozzarella and basil

Of course I always somehow get too busy eating and never get photos of the actual meal.  It was amazing, once again.  Eric’s menu consisted of seven courses:


Steamed Clams

Italian Caesar Salad with sundried tomatoes and pine nuts

Pasta with Pistachio Pesto

Tuscan-Style Grilled Tuna Steaks with Garlic-Roasted Asparagus and Zucchine al Forno

Roasted chestnuts, Fenoccio and Figs

And Zuccotto for dessert.  Eric’s sister also brought the traditional Pizza Dolce – and we had both!

a slice of pizza dolce with pink sprinkles on top

It was such a delicious dinner, and as usual spanned several hours.  I had a lovely time and was so proud of my husband who makes such wonderful meals.

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