Zabaglione al Caffé

By • February 3, 2011 • 25 Comments



Author Notes: When I was little, my mom would make us “caffé col’uovo sbatutto” (coffee with beaten egg). It may sound gross, but it’s really delicious. In a coffee mug, she’d use a funky springy whisk to beat an egg yolk with a few teaspoons of sugar until very foamy, then pour in good strong coffee, and mix it up. We loved it. This recipe is inspired by that memory.mrslarkin

Serves 3 or 4

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 3 or 4 cardamom pods, seeds removed and crushed
  • Espresso or strong black coffee (about 2 half-eggshells full)
  1. Heat a cup or so of water to a simmer in a small saucepan.
  2. In a heat-safe bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and cardamom until thick and pale yellow.
  3. Now set your bowl over the saucepan, making sure bottom of bowl does not touch the hot water, or you might make scrambled eggs. Add the espresso to the egg mixture. Continue whisking until the mixture is foamy and doubled or tripled in volume. Remove bowl from saucepan.
  4. Serve immediately over slices of cake, or spoon into pretty bowls and serve with lady fingers, biscotti or tuilles. Or pour some over a demitasse cup of espresso. That’s my favorite way.
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Stringio

over 3 years ago testkitchenette

Fantastic. Lovely memory sharing as well!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks, tk!

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over 3 years ago boulangere

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Love your coffee measure!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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:)

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over 3 years ago dymnyno

No I don't think it sounds gross!!!! Isn't eggnog made with raw eggs? This sounds very sophisticated. Your blue and white cup and saucer look gorgeous too!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks so much, dymnyno!! (I love my cup and saucer, too. Thx!)

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over 3 years ago Lizthechef

I love this recipe as well as your shot and covet that gorgeous cup!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Liz! That's from my Spode Italian demitasse set. Love the blue and white.

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over 3 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

Hi mrs l,

could not find cardamom pods but found ground -- do you think that would work as a good substitute and if so, how much would you suggest? thx!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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hmmm...not sure as I never buy ground cardamom, BUT I would probably start with 1/2 teaspoon ground. I think if you are able to smell the aroma of the spice when it's whisked in at step 2, you'll be good. Definitely keep looking for fresh pods in your travels - they are amazing.

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over 3 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

thx! ended up using about a fourth and it turned out great -- poured it over a nice espresso....decadent!

Mrs._larkin_370

over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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so great to hear!! now I'm craving an espresso and some more of this. :)

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over 3 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

wow! this looks amazing...can't wait to try! :-)

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks cfwg! hey where have u been? we've missed u.

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over 3 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

I've been off finishing a writing project -- so glad to be back on a bit -- missed you guys too!

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over 3 years ago TheWimpyVegetarian

This looks perfect to make tomorrow! Love it!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, ChezSuzanne! Let me know how it turns out!

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over 3 years ago Deb Smith

Super duper grown-up yum! I cannot wait to try this!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, Deb! Let me know if you make it!

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over 3 years ago drbabs

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nice!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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thanks!

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over 3 years ago hardlikearmour

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Yum, mrslarkin. I'd be happy to eat this with a spoon!

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Thanks, hla! Me too! :)

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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Sounds perfectly delicious! I cannot wait to try it. And I LOVE the measurement instructions for the espresso. What a great recipe, and what a great mother you have! Grazie mille for posting this. ;o)

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over 3 years ago mrslarkin

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Prego, AJ! Glad you like it. Do let me know if you try it!