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What Is Zabaglione? How to Make Lemon Zabaglione - Step-by-Step with Pictures

Updated on September 7, 2011
Sweet, simple, elegant Zabaglione
Sweet, simple, elegant Zabaglione

What is Zabaglione?

Zabaglione is a traditional Italian dessert sauce made with eggs yolks, sugar and Marsala - whisked together and cooked until thickened over a gentle heat in the top of a double boiler or saucepan. The name 'Zabaglione' is derived from a Neapolitan dialect word which means 'to foam'.

Zabaglione can be served warm or chilled with sweet, crisp almond cookies for dipping or as a topping for fruit or ice cream. It is quite rich, so it is usual to serve Zabaglione only in small amounts.

Here is a simple step-by-step recipe for Lemon Zabaglione which takes only 5 minutes to prepare, a further 5 minutes to cook and is sufficient to serve 4 people adequately.

Lemon Zabaglione

You will need:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons Marsala
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 8 almond cookies or biscuits (for dipping)

Step 1

To Make Zabaglione

1. Whisk egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl until light and creamy.

Step 2

2. Add Marsala, lemon juice and wine, and whisk until combined.

Step 3

3. Place bowl over a pan of simmering water. Stir over heat for 5 minutes or until the mixture has thickened.

Step 4

4. Spoon into serving glasses and serve with fruit (whole or sliced, as desired) and almond cookies.


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    • VioletSun profile image


      9 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      Yummy, thanks for the recipe, will try it. I love it with strawberries, balances out the sweetniess of the dessert.

    • No1beautytips profile image


      9 years ago

      nice recipe and a very detailed hub


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