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If you like regular zabaglione, you're going to absolutely love the frozen version. Above and beyond the flavor, you're going to see what might be the best way to make ice cream without an ice cream maker. Quite often, frozen desserts that aren't made with a machine can have a weird, icy, crystallized texture, but not here. This stuff is incredibly smooth and creamy. Serve with fresh fruit.


Read the full recipe after the video.

Recipe Summary

10 mins
10 mins
4 hrs 20 mins
4 hrs 40 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Instructions Checklist
  • Whisk egg yolks, salt, sugar, and Marsala wine together in a metal mixing bowl.

  • Set the bowl over a medium-low heat, or over a double boiler. Hold the bowl with one hand using a towel or pot-holder, while whisking constantly with the other. Continue cooking until the mixture is very thick and reaches the ribbon stage, about 10 minutes.

  • Remove custard from heat and allow to cool completely, preferably over an ice bath, whisking occasionally, 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Pour cold heavy cream into another bowl and whisk until soft peaks form. Transfer into the cooled custard and gently fold everything together until just barely combined; do not overmix.

  • Transfer into an airtight container, cover the top with plastic wrap, and seal. Place in a freezer until firm, at least 4 hours, or up to overnight.

Chef's Notes:

Although I prefer using a dry Marsala, you can use any dessert wine of your choice.

Most recipes for frozen zabaglione call for twice as much heavy cream, but this version reduces that for a much more intense, and authentic, zabaglione flavor. If you want, you can double the cream, or use 1 1/2 cups, to produce something less like frozen zabaglione, and more like zabaglione-flavored ice cream. The procedure is the same no matter the amount of heavy cream used.

Nutrition Facts

298 calories; protein 3.5g; carbohydrates 22.1g; fat 19.1g; cholesterol 259.2mg; sodium 51.3mg. Full Nutrition