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Zabaione: A Creamy Prosecco Dessert

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A light and frothy dessert, made with prosecco and marsala. It's a quick and easy treat to serve right after dinner and can be paired with your favorite fruit.MORE+LESS-

Updated December 26, 2014

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    In a metal bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar.

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    Add the prosecco and marsala and continue to whisk.

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    Bring a pot of water to a boil.

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    When the water boils, turn the temp down to medium heat and place the metal bowl over the top of the pot.

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    Continue to whisk the egg mixture over the heat for about 15-20 minutes, until the mixture expands and becomes frothy.

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    Remove from heat and place in the refrigerator to cool.

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    Serve chilled. Pour into mini glasses and garnish with your favorite fresh fruit, such as blueberries, figs or strawberries.

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  • Zabaione is a sophisticated dessert that’s perfect for a fashion week party!

    It’s meant to be served as an aperitif. It’s a creamy confection originated in Italy and can be served with an array of fresh fruit… figs being the customary choice. It’s made with egg yolks, sugar and a sweet white wine.

    I used a Prosecco made by Lamarca and a tablespoon of Marsala, which both worked perfectly when whipping up this yummy treat. The texture is smooth and frothy and when served cold, it’s extremely refreshing. It tastes similar to light custard, but has more of a robust flavor because of the sparkling wine.

    There are few ingredients, so it’s fairly easy to make this Zabaione dessert. The only time consuming part is waiting for it to cook and thicken over a double broiler (or metal bowl over boiling water), but the prepping is easy.

    Here’s how to make…

    Whisk together egg yolks and sugar.

    Add in the Prosecco and Marsala and continue to whisk. Place over a double broiler and whisk until the mixture has expanded and is frothy in texture.

    Serve in mini-martini glasses with tiny spoons. Garnish with blueberries to resemble “polka-dots” to add a little touch of fashion!

    You can also create your own yogurt polka-dots (or other shapes) by placing yogurt in a piping bag, piping out a design on a cookie sheet and then freezing! It’s an easy way to add garnish to your plate. Or add one into the middle of your creamy Prosecco!


    In addition to yogurt polka-dots, check out these awesome desserts featuring yogurt!

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Zabaglione - or Zabaione - is a boozy Italian dessert sauce. It is made by whisking up heated egg yolks with sugar and some kind of sweet white wine. Madeira or Marsala wines are commonly used, but you can use any sweet white wine you want, even sparkling wines like Prosecco or Champagne. Zabaglione is a rich in flavor yet light in texture and is an ideal not-too-heavy dessert after dinner.

This is a versatile dessert. You can eat it alone, pour over fresh berries, drizzle onto a slice of cake, or dip into it with crunchy cookies or biscotti.

Italy’s classic Zabaglione dessert

As legend has it, Zabaglione dates back to the 16 th century Tuscany and was particularly popular at the court of Catharina de Medici. Other stories claim this custard dessert origins in medieval Venice or 9 th century Piemonte.

Honestly, it does not matter when or by whom it was created. The most important fact is, that it got created in the first place.

Zabaglione or sometimes also called Zabaione is traditionally made with egg yolks, sugar, and sweet wine (originally Marsala but sweet Moscato works quite as well).

That said, today there are many more various versions using white port wine, dry white wine, prosecco and even spirits like sherry and cognac.

The best part of this dessert is, it can be made very quickly, on the spot even, with no need to put it into the freezer for several hours prior to serving. And you will likely have the needed ingredients at home anyway.

Zabaglione can be enjoyed still slightly warm as well as cold and whilst it is a perfect dessert on its own, it works fantastic with fresh fruits.

Zabaione: A Creamy Prosecco Dessert - Recipes

"Champagne is the only wine that leaves a woman beautiful after drinking it."
Madame De Pompadour

Today's post is post for Mummies rather than kids.
How about indulging in some Prosecco Zabaglione at supper? Fast, easy and delicious this dessert sets the right mood for a romantic tête-à-tête or can top off your perfect dinner party.

8 free-range egg yolks

100gr caster sugar

175ml Prosecco (Spumante/Cava/Sparkling white wine)

1. Place a heatproof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water and place the egg yolks and sugar into it. Make sure the base of the bowl does not touch the simmering water.

2. Using an electric whisk, start whisking the egg yolks and sugar in the bowl over the simmering water. The mixture will become pale and thick like whipped double cream, and it should triple in volume and be very frothy. This could take up to 15 minutes but it's worth the wait.

3. Continue whisking and slowly pour in the Prosecco.

4. Pour the zabaglione into eight dessert glasses and serve immediately.

Prosecco Pairings To Try Tonight

Do you pair sparkling wine with food often? If you don’t, you should. A glass of bubbly pairs well with so many different foods. It also seems to make the meal seem a little more special, even if it’s just an ordinary evening.

Prosecco is a terrific sparkling wine to serve with food. Its crisp, refreshing flavors are an outstanding match with appetizers, entrees, snacks, and even desserts. No matter what course you have in mind, you can probably find a way to pair it with Prosecco.

Although there are many options for Prosecco pairings, we’ve gathered a few of our favorites here. These foods show off all of the best features of Prosecco. And while you should use this list as inspiration (not a limitation), we think you’ll have a hard time finding better matches than these. Enjoy!

The Best Snacks with Prosecco

Prosecco is a perfect partner for salty snacks. Whether the wine is sweet or dry, it will balance out the saltiness of your food. The bubbles also help to cleanse the palate. Try these Prosecco snack pairings:

Roasted salted nuts
Potato chips
Toasted pumpkin seeds
Asian-inspired trail mix (with a little spice!)

You might be wondering, “What cheese goes with Prosecco?” Try something creamy and rich, like triple-crème cheeses. Brie and Camembert are also great choices.

Irresistible Appetizers with Prosecco

You might enjoy serving Prosecco as an aperitif at the beginning of your party. It is the perfect wine to hand to your guests as they arrive. Of course, they’ll need something to nibble on as they sip their wine, so serve one of these delicious appetizers with Prosecco. You'll notice that a lot of these options are salty and rich in umami flavor, and that's because those are perfect complements for sparkling wine. Prosecco is one of our favorite wine pairings for ham because it's such a great complement for salty, chewy prosciutto!

Mini quiches or frittata
Prosciutto on toast or wrapped around breadsticks
Stuffed mushrooms
Sushi or seafood appetizers
Fried calamari
Egg rolls or crab rangoon
Chicken satay skewers

Delicious Dinners with Prosecco

Prosecco is also delicious when paired with a main course. There are a lot of options for pairing Prosecco with your dinner, because the wine is so versatile. It’s not the best pairing with heavy red meat dishes or some vegetables, but apart from that you can dream big. Try these delicious dinner ideas with your sparkling wine:

Seafood pasta
Pan-seared scallops
Crab cakes
Chicken in a cream sauce
Shrimp fried rice
Spicy Asian dishes (consider a sweeter Prosecco here)
Parmesan risotto
Crispy duck breast
Pasta in cream sauce
Fish and chips
Fried chicken

Prosecco and Dessert

What’s dinner without dessert? Prosecco is a great match for desserts, especially if you reach for a sweeter style of the wine. The recommendations above are perfect pairings for a dry Prosecco (not sweet). When the end of the meal arrives, consider switching to exra dry or sec Prosecco, which are slightly sweeter. Then pair it with one of these delicious dessert ideas.

Orange sponge cake
Lemon shortcake
Custard tarte with raspberry
Peach crisp
Raspberry cobbler
Lemon shortbread cookies
Goat cheese ice cream

Enjoy these food pairings ideas! These Prosecco pairings are delicious with many different types and brands of Prosecco. If you’re looking for a bottle that’s easy to find, then know that these are great La Marca Prosecco food pairing ideas. You can also reach for Cupcake Prosecco or Ménage à Trois Prosecco.

For even more great (and affordable) recommendations, check our our article: 9 Cheap Prosecco Wines That Rock

Watch the video: Recipe: Zabaglione Ice Cream (July 2022).


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