Discover Zabaglione: Italy’s Exquisite Dessert You Can Make at Home

Are you in search of a luxurious dessert that’s surprisingly easy to make at home? Look no further than zabaglione.


Zabaglione: A Classic Italian Dessert

This traditional Italian dessert, beloved for centuries, is a culinary delight that combines simplicity and elegance.

With just three main ingredients and a bit of whisking prowess, you can create a dessert that will transport you straight to the heart of Italy, one spoonful at a time.

Zabaglione (pronouned zah-buhl-yoh-nee) is an airy, custard-like dessert made from egg yolks, sugar, and Marsala wine.

The result is a frothy and indulgent treat with a complex flavor profile: the richness of the egg yolks, the sweetness of the sugar, and the depth and warmth of the Marsala wine come together in a symphony of flavors that is absolutely irresistible.


Zabaglione: A Versatile Dessert

The beauty of zabaglione lies not only in its taste but also in its versatility.

Enjoy it warm straight from the pot, or chill it for a refreshing treat.

It’s delightful on its own, but feel free to get creative with pairings.

A dollop of zabaglione can elevate fresh seasonal fruits, and it’s sublime when served alongside a slice of pound cake or a couple of ladyfingers.

Making zabaglione at home might sound like a daunting task, but it’s simpler than you’d think.

Yes, it does require a bit of continuous whisking (a great arm workout!), and a careful eye to ensure the mixture doesn’t overcook.

But once you’ve mastered this process, you’ll be rewarded with a dessert that’s not only delicious but also impressive to serve.


Tips for Mastering Zabaglione

1. Use room temperature eggs. Separate your eggs when they are cold. Let the egg yolks come to room temperature before mixing them with the sugar and wine. They mix easier and will more quickly cook.

2. Whisk vigorously and continuously to incorporate as much air as possible and prevent the eggs from curdling or scrambling.

3. Use a double boiler for gentle cooking. A glass bowls set over simmering water is a great substitute.

4. Control the heat. Keep the water in the lower pot at a gentle simmer. Lift the upper bowl away from the lower pot if it gets too hot, but never stop whisking.

5. Cook until ribbon stage. Zabaglione is done when the custard forms a “ribbon” off the end of the whisk and holds its shape for a moment in the mixture.


Give Zabaglione a Try Today

There’s something soothing about the rhythmic whisking, and the transformation of simple ingredients into a luxurious dessert is truly magical.

It’s a culinary experience that engages all your senses.

Each spoonful of zabaglione is a moment of pure bliss.

So why not add a touch of Italian elegance to your next meal?

Give zabaglione a try. It’s a delightful culinary journey that will leave you and your guests craving for more.




Zabaglione has luxurious feel to it but is surprisingly easy to make at home. Give zabaglione a try. It’s a delightful culinary journey that will leave you and your guests craving for more.

  • Author: Life At The Table
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1/2 - 2 cups custard 1x


  • 4 egg yolk, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup Marsala
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup of fresh fruit per person
  • sliced almonds, toasted


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks until foamy.
  2. Whisk in the sugar.
  3. Whisk in the Marsala
  4. Set the bowl over simmering (not boiling) water.
  5. Whisk vigorously and continuously until the mixture thickens and greatly expands its volume.
  6. You’ll know it’s done when the mixture leaves a “ribbon” on top of the custard when the whisk is lifted from the bowl.
  7. Serve warm over fresh-cut fruit and topped with the toasted almonds.


  • Adjust your heat so that the water always maintains a gentle simmer.
  • The mixture will curdle if it gets too hot. Remove the bowl from above the simmering water to cool it down.
  • Don’t stop whisking once the process begins or your eggs will burn or curdle. It’s a commitment once you begin, but, oh, so worth the effort.
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