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Sabayon is a creamy yet dairy-free dessert. Use an oversized bowl to allow room for the balloon whisk. Whisk in large, gentle strokes rather than furiously; you're trying to give the mousse time to cook.

Recipe Summary

5 mins
20 mins
25 mins
4 servings


Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Pour a few inches of water into a pan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low to keep water at a simmer. Combine egg yolks, water, Marsala, and sugar in a large heat-proof bowl and set above the simmering water. Cook, whisking constantly with a balloon whisk, until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to thicken, about 2 minutes.

  • Continue cooking and whisking until sabayon is the texture of mousse and holds its shape, 15 to 20 minutes. Lift bowl occasionally to let steam escape and keep eggs from overcooking. Serve immediately.

Cook's Notes:

Use less sugar if you want to use this as a savory sauce.

Use the alcohol of your choice.

If you can't serve immediately and sabayon starts to separate a little, just give it a gentle whip over the water again for a few seconds.

Nutrition Facts

126 calories; protein 2.7g; carbohydrates 15.2g; fat 4.4g; cholesterol 204.8mg; sodium 9.8mg. Full Nutrition