Italian Zabaglione

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Zabaglione is a creamy rich Italian dessert made from egg yolks which are whipped until they are so pale that it’s hard to believe that they started from a bright yellow egg. It’s the dessert we always ordered when we went to Nico’s, an old-fashioned restaurant in Dublin city centre (along with chilled sliced oranges in Marsala wine). Eat it hot or cold.


5 egg yolks
100g sugar
200ml Marsala wine


1. Beat the egg yolks and sugar together until they turn pale yellow.

2. Add the Marsala wine and beat.

3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl sitting on top of a pan of water making sure that the water doesn’t touch the bottom of the bowl. Whisk over a gentle heat until the mixture doubles in volume and coats the back of a spoon.

4. Remove from the heat and divide between glasses or leave to cool.



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