Saturday, April 24, 2010


Sheva Apelbaum La Chef     
Zabaglione pronounced zah-bahl-YOH-nay (also know as zabaione, sabayon, or zabajone), is a delicious, light and creamy desert.  In Italian it means “foaming.”  The origin of zabaglione is uncertain, but some think it  came from either Venice or Naples.

I recently had an opportunity to test this desert in a restaurant and when I got home, I tried making  it myself.  It turns out that it is actually very easy (and much cheaper) to make yourself. 

Sheva Apelbaum Zabaglione

Here are the ingredients and instructions (serves 4):

  • White soft cake or other soft pastry shell
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1/3 c. sugar
  • 3/4 c. Marsala wine
  • 1 cup of heavy cream, whipped
  • 1 t .vanilla
  • 1 c. of strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, etc.

Place the eggs and the sugar in a stainless steel bowl and whisk them vigorously until the mixture looks creamy.

Place a double boiler on the range and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat until the water is gently simmering.

Gradually, add the wine to the egg-sugar mixture and place the bowl on the top of the pot with the boiling water. Using a small sauce whisk, whisk the mixture until it starts to thicken and becomes lightly foamy, but make sure that your bowl does not get too hot.

Once it is nicely thickened, remove it from the heat and let it cool off. You can place it in the refrigerator to cool quickly if you’d like.

In a stainless steel bowl mix the heavy cream with the vanilla and whisk vigorously until you get soft peaks.

Fold the custard into the the whipped cream and leave it in a stainless steel bowl until serving time.

Place a slice of soft cake on a plate, cover it with a scoop of the zabaglione custard and decorate with the fruit.

Buon Appetito!


  1. It looks really delicious - but how many eggs?

  2. Zayde the son of Judith has three fathers. One of them, Jacob Sheinfeld, invites him at his 12th birthday to a meal. Listen what was there for dessert:
    '"Now I'm gonna make you something sweet that I once learned from an Italian man."... "Very simple. Now all we got to have is an egg yolk, wine, and sugar. Come to the sink with me and watch."
    Into the palm of his hand, he broke an egg, poured the white between his spread fingers, and then bounced the yolk gently in the concave surface of his palm.
    "See Zayde?" he said. "It don't break and it don't spill. That's how it is when the egg is fresh and the yolk is strong."
    He separated two more yolks like that and put them in a bowl, added a little sugar and some fragrant wine.
    "What's better than a mixture like that? The yolk is food from mother and the memory of life, and the wine is the soul and the future and the sugar is the lust and the strength."
    The whisk was a blur and became a silver circle with so much speed, and Jacob put the bowl on the pot of boiling water and went on beating. " day I'll teach you how to make it. You understand what I'm talking about, Zayde?" He took the bowl out, stuck a finger in it, and told me to do the same.
    "That's what the Italians do. He licked his Finger with pleasure. "You like it? Eh? Me too...."

    From the book: The Loves of Judith, by Meir Shalev

  3. Hi Yael,
    Sorry about the egg confusion. I actually published a draft instead of the final post last night (oops!). That description is very interesting, and how you remembered that passage about zabaglione is amazing!

    I am not sure how someone can actually have 3 fathers, though. Does Zayde have a biological father, an adoptive father, and a step-father? If so, then he can't have more than 2 at any one time, right? What's up with that?

  4. Three man claim to be Zaydes father, and the story does not really tell the secret of the mother, hm...
    They all three treat him very dearly as fathers. And from one he inherited a farm and a cowshed and yellow hair, from the other a fine house, fine furnishings, empty canary cages, and drooping shoulders and from the third he inherited a knipele of money and gigantic feet.
    (Did I make you and anyone else curious now?)

    This is a wonderful book! You will read it one day, then you will know and enjoy the story! In my opinion you could read it already now, but that's up to the King and the Queen!

    P.S. I very much love your blog posts, they are always interesting and entertaining!

  5. Thank you so much Yael, very much appreciated! Now I really must read the book…the Queen and King say they will have to read it first, though. :)