I had a "zupa inglaise", or "English soup", which is a type of horrible cake. Maybe what you'd get if you badly describe Eton Mess to an Italian and they try to make a cake from it.
@Paul It’s usually described as trifle. I’ve got a book on trifle somewhere that gives the history and derivation, I think - I’ll look it up when I get home.
@polloarrosto @Paul Developed independently of trifle, according to Alan Davidson. Seems to be derived from the old sense of “soup” as “broth poured over bread” - there’s apparently a zuppa inglese recipe from 1557 that’s made with bread, vegetable broth bound with egg yolk and verjuice, and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar.
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