For the Pastry Cream

2 cups whole milk
zest of 1 lemon
2 egg yolks
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup unbleached flour
1 tsp. vanilla extract

For the Chocolate Sauce

2.5 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 1/2 tbs. unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup heavy cream

To Layer and Serve

24 lady fingers
1/2 cup vin santo
1 pint raspberries


Cream: Bring the milk and lemon zest to a boiling point. Remove from the heat. Beat the eggs, egg yolks and sugar until creamy. Add the flour and vanilla as you beat and slowly beat in the hot milk. Cook on a low heat for 5 minutes or until thick. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate for two hours.

Chocolate Sauce: Melt the chocolate, cocoa and a ΒΌ cup of water. Remove from the heat and add the sugar while stirring, until sugar is dissolved. Add the cream and stir more until smooth. Remove from the heat and cool for 10 minutes.

To Layer: Apply 12 lady fingers in a dish, drizzle with a quarter vin santo. Apply 1/4 of the pastry cream followed by a layer of the chocolate sauce and top with another layer of the pastry cream. Make another layer in the same manner.

Refrigerate for 3 hours and garnish with raspberries.


Photography by Frabattista