Zabaglione (or Zabaione)

Zabaglione Dessert

Zabaglione, also known as Zabaione, is a classic Italian dessert that’s similar to custard and can be served warm or chilled. The main difference from custard is that you’ll whisk this dessert long enough to create a light, mousse-like consistency. You’ll only need three ingredients to make Zabablione: egg yolks, sugar and wine (or spirits). You can whip up this dish in under half an hour and no churning is required in an ice cream maker so it’s great if you’re short on time.

Zabaglione is popular in restaurants in the USA, Argentina and Uruguay. It’s common for chefs in restaurants to add whipped egg whites or whipped cream to this dessert to provide more body and to help the delicious treat last a whole night of food service.

How to improve your Zabaglione

When heating your Zabaglione, the choice of bowl can make or break this dessert. Make sure you avoid plastic or thin stainless steel bowls as they don’t conduct heat well. The best option is a copper bowl which is great for evenly distributing the heat; this means you reduce the chance of cooking the yolks. A second option is to go for a glass bowl which is what I used and it worked fine.

How to serve Zabaglione

This dessert works well with your favourite fruit: strawberries, blueberries, peaches, banana are perfect. You can also serve with biscotti, cake, panettone or almonds. I enjoy stirring in whipped cream although it does dull down the flavour of the Zabaglione. Serve in a champagne glass for maximum effect!

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Zabaglione Dessert Recipe

A classic, creamy Italian dessert that can be served hot or cold.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: zabaglione, zabaione


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet wine


  • Whisk yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl until light and thickened.
  • Place bowl over a simmering saucepan of water (bain marie) and whisk constantly. You can manually whisk or use an electric beater.
  • Continue whisking until you can lift the whisk out and it takes around 8 seconds for the peak to flatten again. Remove from heat and continue whisking for another five minutes.
  • Serve in a glass or bowl with your favourite topping or eat on its own.


You can use any sweet wine or spirit of your choice with this recipe. Marsala is a popular choice but other good options are rum, brandy or a Moscato wine.

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