The Literate Chef

Archive for the ‘Dessert’ Category

Strawberries with Zabaglione

In Dessert, Recipes on June 20, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Strawberries with Zabaglione

(Preparation time 30 minutes, serves 4)

Adapted from Molto Batali as published in The McClatchy Tribune


2 pints of fresh strawberries, washed, hulled and sliced
4 egg yolks, at room temperature
1/3 cup of sugar
1/4 cup Sweet Marsala
6 oz. Heavy Cream, whipped


1.    In the top of a double boiler, combine the egg yolks, sugar and Marsala and whisk quickly to combine.
2.    Add water to the bottom part of the double boiler and bring to a boil. When water begins to boil, reduce to a simmer and place the top part of the double boiler over it, making sure that the bottom does not come into contact with the simmering water and that the water remains at a high simmer and does not boil.
3.    Using an electric mixer, beat the mixture until it is doubled or tripled in volume. This could take up to 10 minutes.
4.    When the mixture is frothy, plunge the top of the double boiler into a bowl of iced water and continue beating until cool, then set aside.
5.    Slowly add the whipped cream to the mixture and refrigerate the Zabaglione.
6.    Remove the Zabaglione from the refrigerator 20 minutes before serving.
7.    To serve, place the strawberries in a glass dessert dish, balloon wine glass or other festive and suitable serving dish and spoon the Zabaglione over the strawberries.

Please see A Multitude of Fishes

Berry Compote

In Dessert, Recipes on October 31, 2011 at 6:57 AM

Mixed Berry Compote Topped with Fresh Whipped Cream

preparation time: active – 20 minutes; passive – several hours


6 oz. each of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries
10 oz. strawberries
1 tbsp. of sugar
¼ cup of sweet Marsala wine
Heavy cream to taste


1.    Rinse and drain the blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, place them in a mixing bowl.
2.    Hull the strawberries, rinse and drain them, slice them widthwise and add to the mixing bowl.
3.    Add the sugar and mix well.
4.    Add the Marsala and mix well.
5.    Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let the berries macerate at room temperature for several hours prior to serving.
6.    Serve with heavy cream as desired.

Please see: Sunday Chicken Dinner – No Leftovers!

%d bloggers like this: