Affogato allo Zabaglione

By • March 16, 2010 • 32 Comments



Author Notes: When I was little, my mom would make us “l'uovo sbatutto,” which means “beaten egg,” with lots of sugar, to spoon into our coffee. Almost a deconstructed tiramisu, but with ice cream, this dessert is a combination of all my favorite sweet Italian things. Affogato means “drowned”, so maybe this is a drowned tiramisu.

Feel free to break this recipe apart, and have your ice cream with just the espresso and liqueur (like a true affogato) or the espresso with a few dollops of the zabaglione -- both equally good desserts on their own.
mrslarkin

Food52 Review: I'm happy to tell you that mrslarkin's Affogato allo Zabaglione is crazy good. The combination of ice cream, espresso, zabaglione and liqueur (we used kahlua) is insane! It was easy to make -- I set it all up before dinner. It was creamy and delicious, and a great ending to a summer meal. drbabs

Serves 2 to 4

  • 1 pint premium vanilla, coffee, or chocolate ice cream or gelato
  • 1/2 to 1 cup hot, freshly brewed espresso
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Moscato D'Asti or Marsala (optional)
  • 4 lady fingers (optional)
  • Frangelico, Kahlua or liqueur of your choice (optional)
  • Whipped cream (optional)
  • Grated bittersweet chocolate (optional)
  1. Prepare your espresso machine of choice (I use a Moka pot) and be ready to start it when you’re almost done with the zabaglione. Take your ice cream out of the freezer to soften a bit.
  2. To make the zabaglione, heat 2 to 3 cups of water to a simmer in a small saucepan.
  3. In a heat-safe bowl, whisk the egg yolks and sugar until thick and pale yellow.
  4. At this point, start your espresso machine if you haven’t already done so.
  5. Now set your bowl over the saucepan, making sure the bottom of bowl does not touch the hot water (otherwise you might make scrambled eggs). Add the Moscato D’Asti or Marsala to the egg mixture. Continue whisking until the mixture is foamy and doubled or tripled in volume. Remove bowl from saucepan.
  6. Your espresso should be almost done!
  7. Scoop your ice cream into dessert bowls or coffee cups. Pour 1/8 cup or more of the hot espresso over the ice cream. Drizzle with the liqueur, if you want some kick.
  8. If using, place one lady finger in each bowl. Ladle generous dollops of the zabaglione over. Top with a spoonful of whipped cream and some grated chocolate, if desired. Serve immediately.

Tags: abayonne, coffee, ice cream, Italian, lady fingers, sweet, tiramisu

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Junechamp

4 months ago ChefJune

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I passed this by the first time I saw it, sensing "trouble." But am unable to resist it this time around. Thinking I could make it Pesadichy and serve it for Seder. (We don't worry about mixing meat and milk.)

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about 1 year ago Seiko

Thanks Mrs Larkin for your speedy and detailed response!Much obliged.

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about 1 year ago Seiko

Mrs larkin pleeeeese reveal where I can get the cute jars from.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 1 year ago mrslarkin

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hi Seiko. the jars i use (photo 2) are recycled Bonne Maman jam jars: http://www.amazon.com/dp...

the food52 jar (photo 1) is a Janaer Glass Egg Coddler: http://www.hayneedle.com...

Mrs._larkin_370

about 1 year ago mrslarkin

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rather, they *look like* Janaer Glass Egg Coddlers. You can also buy them here: http://shop.herriottgrace...

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about 1 year ago Olsen322

Looks amazing neighbor! Trying it this weekend.

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about 1 year ago Olsen322

Looks fab! Nice recipe neighbor. Thinking about making it this weekend!

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about 1 year ago EmilyC

Love this! Congrats on the CP -- that pic is so gorgeous!

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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I love this, tested it also and it's so delicious, breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert. I could have this every day.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 1 year ago mrslarkin

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Thanks so much Suzanne. Glad you enjoyed it.

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about 1 year ago Kitchen Butterfly

Now!!

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about 1 year ago Kitchen Butterfly

Beauty.....in every way! Wonderful, I want it for breakfast!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 1 year ago mrslarkin

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Thank you KB!

Me

about 1 year ago TheWimpyVegetarian

Affogato might be my favorite dessert in the world. And with lady fingers and zabaglione, OMG. I have to make this.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 1 year ago mrslarkin

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thanks you guys! I feel like having this for dinner...

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about 1 year ago sdebrango

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I know I commented before but I just have to say again how much I love this recipe!!

Sausage2

about 1 year ago fiveandspice

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I adore affogato. And with zabaglione as well? So good.

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over 2 years ago Debbie Lawson

Affogato is one of my favorite desserts. It's such a simple pleasure of 2 great delights: espresso and ice cream. What a fun addition the zabaglione is!

Dscn2212

about 3 years ago boulangere

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Let me get this straight. Affogato, zabaglione, Kalhua, whipped cream? All in one place? At the same time? Seriously too good to be true.

Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Yes, ma'am! For serious!!!

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about 3 years ago sdebrango

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This is beautiful love affogato and with the Zabaglione wonderful!

Mrs._larkin_370

about 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks! It's pretty yummy.

Meathook

over 4 years ago Brenna

I also adore the jar presentation.

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Brenna! I love these jars so much.

Pict0051

over 4 years ago Annelle

Truly delicious!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you, Annelle!!

Henrykiss

over 4 years ago arielleclementine

oh man, mrslarkin! this is a real beauty!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, arielleclementine!!

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over 4 years ago chez lady S

like the pic and serving it in the jar great idea... sounds lovely

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over 4 years ago mrslarkin

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Thank you, chez! I have so many of those jars. Love them.