Cherry gratin with Zabaglione

June 25, 2010
4 Ratings
  • Serves 2
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 sugar —Kitchen Butterfly

What You'll Need
  • 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
  • Zabaglione
  • 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. Cherry gratin with Zabaglione
  2. Preheat your oven's grill/broiler to the highest.
  3. Share the Zabaglione between two gratin dishes and stud each dish with 6 cherries, juice and all.
  4. Sprinkle the flaked almonds over the Zabaglione and top with some sugar.
  5. 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.
  1. Zabaglione
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove from the heat and whisk in the zest for a couple more minutes. Then use as desired

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  • Kitchen Butterfly
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  • Lizthechef
I love food and I'm interested in making space for little-heard voices, as well as celebrating Nigerian cuisine in its entirety.

3 Reviews

Kitchen B. June 25, 2010
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.
Lizthechef June 25, 2010
thank you SO much - we have a family member with sensitive health issues. Cool lesson re tonka beans...
Lizthechef June 25, 2010
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!