This impressive custard-like Italian dessert sounds really fancy but it couldn't be easier to make - and there's no baking required.


4 egg yolks
2 tbsp. maple syrup
2 tbsp. sugar
1/4 cup marsala wine
Fresh fruit, such as berries or figs, for serving


Add egg yolks, maple syrup, sugar and marsala to a large stainless steel bowl and place over a double boiler with simmering water. Whisk vigorously until mixture is thick, about 5 minutes. To check if zabaglione is thick enough, lift some of the mixture with the whisk and let it fall back into the bowl, if the mixture is thick enough, a ribbon will form on the surface and slowly disappear back into the mixture. (This is known as the ribbon stage.)

Transfer to serving glasses and garnish with fresh fruit. Serve warm.

Yield: 4 serving.