Champagne Sabayon

 Beautiful Desserts

Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
50 mins


  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup sugar

  • 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped

  • One 750-ml bottle brut Champagne or sparkling wine

  • 1 dozen large egg yolks

  • 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.

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