Zabaglione—a boozy Italian custard sauce—is made by whisking together egg yolks, sugar and a splash of wine.  This recipe is based on the traditional master recipe, which uses half an eggshell of sugar and half an eggshell of wine for each yolk. In this version, we took tips from chefs Jody William and Rita Sodi of New York City’s Via Carota.  A Moscato-based zabaglione is mixed with creamy mascarpone to keep it stable; serve it over fruit for a simple dinner party dessert.

October 2018


Recipe Summary

15 mins
Makes 4 cups


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Beat yolks in a heatproof bowl, preferably copper, until combined. Add sugar and salt, whisking constantly, until combined.

  • Pour wine into yolk mixture, and whisk until sugar is dissolved, about 30 seconds.

  • Place bowl over a saucepan of barely simmering water, and whisk mixture vigorously to incorporate air into mixture. Whisk until custard is warm, tripled in volume, and leaves a ribbon on surface as it falls from whisk, 8 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat. Place bowl in an ice bath, and whisk until custard reaches room temperature. 

  • Stir mascarpone until smooth, then fold into zabaglione. Custard will keep in refrigerator up to 3 hours.