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Champagne Sabayon

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 50 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 12
  • MAKE-AHEAD
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  1. 1 cup water
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  4. One 750-ml bottle brut Champagne or sparkling wine
  5. 1 dozen large egg yolks
  6. 2 cups heavy cream
  1. In a saucepan, bring the water, sugar and vanilla bean and seeds to a boil. Reduce the heat to moderately high and cook, without stirring, to a light golden caramel, 10 minutes. Add the Champagne and simmer until reduced to 2 cups, 20 minutes.
  2. In a large, heatproof bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Very gradually whisk in 1/4 cup of the hot Champagne caramel until blended. Slowly whisk in the remaining caramel. Set the mixture over a saucepan filled with 1 inch of simmering water. Cook over low heat, whisking constantly, until the custard thickens enough to form a ribbon when it falls from the whisk, about 10 minutes. Remove the vanilla bean. Transfer the custard to a bowl and let cool, then refrigerate until chilled.
  3. Whip the cream just until firm. Fold into the Champagne custard and transfer to a serving bowl; serve cold.
Make Ahead The sabayon can be prepared through Step 2 up to 2 days ahead. Serve With Italian Almond Tart.