Spumoni Elegante: How to make a deluxe version of a frozen dessert classic

1980s recipe for Spumoni Elegante(1982)

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Spumoni Elegante (1982)

A deluxe version of a frozen dessert classic: fruit-studded cream filling encased in a luscious layer of velvety egg custard.

1980s recipe for Spumoni Elegante(1982)

Spumoni Elegante (1982)

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Additional Time: 7 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes


  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup sugar (divided)
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
  • 1 large lime
  • 1 cup heavy or whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup diced mixed candied fruit
  • 1 large strawberry for garnish


  1. Day ahead or up to 2 weeks ahead: In heavy 2-quart saucepan with wire whisk or fork, beat milk, eggs, salt, and 3/4 cup sugar until blended.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until mixture thickens and coats a spoon, about 30 minutes, stirring frequently. (Do not boil or mixture will curdle.)
  3. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in orange extract.
  4. Pour custard mixture into medium bowl; cover and freeze about 3 hours or until almost firm.
  5. With back of large spoon, spread frozen mixture evenly to line inside of 8-1/2" by 4-1/2" loaf pan.
  6. Cover; freeze about 1 hour.
  7. Grate 1 teaspoon peel from half of lime; set aside.
  8. Wrap remaining lime with plastic wrap; refrigerate to use for garnish later.
  9. In small bowl with mixer at medium speed, beat heavy or whipping cream and 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form.
  10. Fold in candied fruit and grated lime peel.
  11. Remove pan from freezer; spoon whipped-cream mixture into center of frozen custard; cover and freeze overnight or until firm.
  12. To serve: Invert spumoni onto chilled platter.
  13. For flower garnish, cut remaining peel from reserved lime for stem and leaves; cut strawberry for petals.
  14. Garnish dessert with lime peel and strawberry slices.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 203Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 72mgSodium: 89mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 4g

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Spumoni Elegante dessert recipe (1982)

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