Whisk some egg yolks with a little sugar until they take on a bright, velvety sheen, then drizzle in a little wine. Place the bowl over gently simmering water and keep beating, and in just minutes you have a light and airy custard, faintly sweet and enticingly smooth and rich with the almost smoky aroma of Marsala. Or sherry. Or even beer.
That's it -- the simple wonder of zabaglione.
A traditional Italian dessert, zabaglione is as elegant to serve as it is simple to make. Quickly prepared, it makes a perfect dessert, whether you're serving a formal dinner for company, or following a meal of leftovers on a busy weeknight.
What's not to love about zabaglione? It's easy and versatile, and you probably already have the ingredients at home. Whip up a batch and serve it spooned over freshly diced fruit, or ladle it over a cake or a crisp, flaky pastry as a velvety sauce.
Or serve it simply by itself, in a beautiful glass -- fresh and warm, just off the stove. You can also fold it with some whipped cream and freeze it for a frozen custard treat. Give it a try -- it makes a great weekend project! And there are so many options; check out the photo gallery above for five recipe ideas.