Lightly sweet and foamy, sabayon is easy to make and requires just three ingredients. Serve over fresh berries or mixed fruit. For mixed fruit add small chunks of melon, pineapple, kiwi or halved grapes. Make the Sabayon at the last minute and serve warm or make it ahead and serve chilled. If serving chilled, re-whisk before serving. This recipe doubles easily for 8 but will take a little longer (and more of an arm workout).
3/4cupdry sparkling wine or dry Champagneairline sized bottle, 6 ounces
4cupsfresh berries or mixed fruit
mint sprigsoptional garnish
Set up a double boiler using a 4 quart sauce pan and a medium size stainless steel bowl. The bowl should fit on top and partially into the pan. Fill sauce pan with about 3 inches of water. Be sure the the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl you are using. Bring to a simmer.
Off of the heat, whisk the egg yolks and sugar in the bowl until smooth, thick and pale. Place the bowl over the simmering water and wedge a small soft potholder between the pan edge and bowl for stabilization. Whisking quickly, in a steady stream add the wine. Continue whisking until the sauce becomes light and foamy and all of the wine is incorporated.
Place berries or mixed fruit in wine glasses, brandy snifters or glass bowls. Pour sauce over the top. Garnish with mint for color.
Sabayon holds up well made ahead. The difference is the sauce will be chilled versus slightly warm, but both are heavenly. After making the sabayon, refrigerate covered until ready to use, then re-whisk and use over fruit of choice. For more tips on making sabayon, please see the post.