Cherry gratin with Zabaglione

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Author Notes: The first time I made Tiramisu from scratch, I swore never to have anything but homemade - it was heavenly and finally I meant how to make Zabaglione. Then scouting through an Ann Willan''s cookbook, I came across a recipe fora gratin of Sabayon (French cousin to Zabaglione) and berries. My version uses warmed cherries with a Zabaglione and finishes off with a crisp flourish of toasted almonds and light brown sugarKitchen Butterfly

Serves 2

Cherry gratin with Zabaglione

  • 1 portion Zabaglione (recipe below)
  • 12 cherries, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons red wine
  • 2 tablespoons raw flaked almonds
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  1. Preheat your oven's grill/broiler to the highest.
  2. Share the Zabaglione between two gratin dishes and stud each dish with 6 cherries, juice and all.
  3. Sprinkle the flaked almonds over the Zabaglione and top with some sugar.
  4. Place dishes on an oven tray/rack under the grill - about 6 inches from the heat source, for a minute or two, until the Zabaglione is golden brown, and the almonds are toasted. Serve immediately.


  • 4 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons Marsala
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon grated tonka beans (optional, use a microplane for best results)
  • 1 - 2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest (use a microplane for best results)
  1. Whisk all the ingredients together except for the orange zest. Place in heat proof bowl over a bain marie filled with hot - but not boiling water, ensuring the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.
  2. Whisk continuously till the mixture pales, thickens and is a bit frothy, (It should be able to leave a ribbon trail if the whisk is lifted and moved back and forth.) about 8 minutes.
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk in the zest for a couple more minutes. Then use as desired
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about 4 years ago Kitchen Butterfly

Thanks Liz. Tonka beans are seeds from a tree in south America and Nigeria. They are black and wrinkled and have a smooth brown interior - I'll upload a photo. They have a rather almondy, kirschy flavour but also hints and notes of vanilla Their fragrance is reminiscent of vanilla, cinnamon, and cloves.

The eggs are fully cooked - after 8 minutes of whisking, they don't have a choice.


about 4 years ago Lizthechef

thank you SO much - we have a family member with sensitive health issues. Cool lesson re tonka beans...


about 4 years ago Lizthechef

Looks great! Two questions: what are "tonka beans" and are the eggs fully cooked for those with health issues? I'm always careful about this, maybe too careful. Thanks!