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Rating: 4.11 stars
19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

This is my favorite dessert recipe; serve with fresh raspberries, cookies, or vanilla ice cream!

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Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
25 mins
total:
35 mins
Servings:
4
Yield:
4 servings
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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In top of a double boiler over simmering water, mix together egg yolks and sugar until sugar has dissolved. Stir in Marsala.

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  • Whisk mixture until it is thick and foamy; continue cooking, whisking constantly, until mixture is thick and very hot to the touch. Remove from heat and serve immediately over fresh berries in dessert bowls or wine glasses.

Nutrition Facts

276 calories; protein 4.8g; carbohydrates 47g; fat 6.4g; cholesterol 256.1mg; sodium 12.1mg. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2008
Not quite as good as my trad. recipe. I disagree with mousie about the steps. I have always combined all the ingredients then put it over simmering water and whisked it until nice and fluffy. Served over broken lady fingers and seasonal fruit. Fabulous finish to an Italian meal. My recipe 12 egg yolks 1/2 cup superfine (berry) sugar 3/4 cup Marsala Whisk until custard has tripled in volume and tempature reaches 140 degrees Read More
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19 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
02/11/2004
Note that sugar should be added gradually to eggs in double boiler and should be whisked not just stirred. Don't add the wine until sugar and eggs have a custard-like consistency or the alcohol will burn off by the time it's ready. It can also be served at room temperature. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
09/02/2008
Not quite as good as my trad. recipe. I disagree with mousie about the steps. I have always combined all the ingredients then put it over simmering water and whisked it until nice and fluffy. Served over broken lady fingers and seasonal fruit. Fabulous finish to an Italian meal. My recipe 12 egg yolks 1/2 cup superfine (berry) sugar 3/4 cup Marsala Whisk until custard has tripled in volume and tempature reaches 140 degrees Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2006
Loved this! I incorporated a couple of suggestions from a couple of recipes along w/ Mousie's review. You need to whisk vigorously & don't allow the simmering water to touch the bottom of the custard pan. I did as Mousie suggested & allowed it to thicken before adding the wine (I used Muscat instead of Marsala) & the wine thinned it out quite a bit but it soon thickened right back up. I served it in vintage sherbet glasses & topped each w/ two beautiful huge strawberries & sprinkled a little raw sugar over it all. Wsa beautiful & had an awesome flavor! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/17/2008
I made this with amaretto because it was 8pm and Desperate Housewives was on in 1 hour. I was in a cooking mood but didn't have time to go to the store. All the same this was splendid and indulgent. I love it. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2005
Follow the advice from Mousie reviewer and it will turn out perfectly. Thanks for the post (and the advice). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
I haven't tried this yet but I will and keep you posted. This looks very similar to the Norwegian eggedosis -- except for the Marsala and the cooking. I can't wait to try. To Mousie: The point of adding the Marsala and bringing it to the boiling point is so that the alcohol WILL burn off. This is so that children can enjoy without getting buzzed and becoming alcoholic before the age of 12. To the reviewer who said it tasted like egg: Ummm... that's what custard is.... Anyway! I'll let you know how I make out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2009
This was excellent. I wouldn't change a thing. I have tried other recipes and this is the only one that passed my husband test. I served the custard over fresh strawberries as he has had in two 4 star restaurants and he felt this was pretty darn close to what he had. Thank you for sharing. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
07/24/2006
Eughh! I followed the tips from mousie and it didn't get thick like I expected. And unfortunately I somehow hoped that a recipe made mainly with egg yolks wouldn't actually taste like egg yolks. Wrong! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2007
I have served this over a spiced fruit compote (drained of fruit juices) and it is wonderful...if whisked continuously and for a good long time it will thicken beautifully. The taste is like a custard laced with Marsala...excellent! Read More
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