Zabaione: 1 part egg, 1 part sugar, 1 part vino, a bajillion parts love

When Jon and I were in Rome, we stopped for dinner at an amazing restaurant near the opera. I remember the food being great, but the showstopper was dessert: zabaione mousse.

We had never heard of it before, so we figured, why not try it? And the dessert that showed up at our table was a warm, sweet egg custard that melted in your mouth. YUM. Of all the desserts in the world, zabaione must rank in the top five (which makes me wonder–what do you think are the other four?)

So we decided to make it tonight, as a practice round (it’s the perfect dessert for the holidays). So first, we whipped up some heavy cream to fold into the zabaione after it’s whisked. Easy enough, right? So on to the fun stuff.

Four egg yolks + 1/4 cup sugar + 1/4 cup Marsala wine = amore italiano. Mix ingredients in a bowl in a double boiler. We also mixed in a dash of cinnamon and a drop of vanilla extract to add a little depth to the flavor.

Start whisking (you’re going to do this for another 15 minutes, FYI). We cheated–and used a hand mixer.

After 10 minutes, the yolk mixture will triple in size and pale in color. Remove the bowl from the double boiler and place it on a towel–and keep whisking! If you stop for even a second the egg can cook to sides of the warm bowl.

Once the zabaione has cooled down just a bit, start folding in the whipped cream. (It’s almost ready!)

If you’re planning on serving it warm (and could there be a cozier treat?), spoon straight into glasses or cups and enjoy! You can also chill it further, or serve it over fruit or cake. But honestly, there’s nothing better than spooning this gooey, eggy custard up right out of the bowl.

Enjoy! Now what am I going to do with four egg whites?

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2 Comments to “Zabaione: 1 part egg, 1 part sugar, 1 part vino, a bajillion parts love”

  1. De-lich! I’m going to have to give this one a try!

  2. I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?

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