Happy fourth of July!!!
Here is the very special red, white and blue low carb and keto friendly Italian dessert that I promised you in last week’s marinara sauce post.
This dessert was on the menu of my first Cooking Class/Pop Up Supper Club in Support of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry. I am now making the time to post the recipe in full.
Zabaglione is an Italian custard made with egg yolks, sugar and sweet Marsala wine. The eggs are from our own chickens, making this custard extra special. I played around with the traditional zabaglione recipe to find a way to cut down the sugar. The classic recipe calls for 1 Tbsp of sugar for 2 egg yolks along with 1 Tbsp of sweet Marsala wine. I was able to cut the sugar down to 1 tsp by adding a pinch of fennel powder.
FENNEL POWDER ADDS THE ILLUSION OF SWEETNESS ALLOWING YOU TO DECREASE THE AMOUNT OF SUGAR. The fennel powder also works in this recipe because it is a classic Italian flavor. I use the same trick in my marinara sauce. An Indian cooking trick carried over to Italian Cuisine. I really like that.
INGREDIENTS: Each serving requires 2 yolks. I am going to list the ingredients for 1 serving. Multiply the recipe for additional servings as needed. For my cooking class/pop up supper club, I had 16 people so I used 32 egg yolks.
- Yolks from 2 eggs. Save the whites for an omelette or another dish.
- 5 medium sized strawberries (you can also use raspberries for the red color)
- 3 oz of blueberries
- 1 Tbsp of sweet Marsala wine
- 1 tsp of sugar
- 2 pinches of fennel powder (1 pinch for the custard and 1 pinch for the whipped cream topping.)
- 1/4 cup of heavy whipping cream
- a dash of vanilla bean paste for the whipped cream topping
- Leave the blueberries whole
- Remove the green leafy tops of the strawberries
- Chop them to match the size of the blueberries
MAKING THE ZABAGLIONE CUSTARD:
- Bring water up to a simmer in a pot
- Use another mixing bowl, that is the right size to float on top of the simmering water, without touching the bottom of the pot that has the simmering water in it. This is how you create a double boiler if you don’t have one. We need to use a double boiler so that the custard can be brought up to temperature slowly while it is cooking. This method will prevent the egg yolks from scrambling.
- In the mixing bowl, place the egg yolks, sugar and fennel powder
- Whisk to combine
- Place the egg yolk mixture on top of the simmering water
- Whisk while slowly drizzling in the Marsala wine
- Keep whisking until the custard is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon
The photo above is from my cooking class. One of the students, Roy is drizzling in the Marsala wine, while I am whisking. If you don’t have someone to help you, just add a little Marsala wine at a time. I am using an electric mixer. A hand whisk can also be used.
Once the Zabaglione custard is ready, transfer it to a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Make sure the plastic wrap is touching the top of the custard. This will prevent a skin from forming. Let it sit at room temperature while you make the whipped cream.
MAKING THE WHIPPED CREAM TOPPING:
- In a cold stainless steel bowl, add the heavy whipping cream, a dash of vanilla bean paste and a pinch of fennel powder. NOTE: no sugar is added. The high quality vanilla and fennel powder add so much flavor that the sugar will not be missed.
- Whip to soft peaks
ASSEMBLING THE DESSERT:
- Start with adding a spoonful of zabaglione at the bottom of your glass serving dish
- Next, sprinkle in a few berries
- Then repeat twice
Top with a big dollop of the whipped cream topping, and a few berries for color.
This is a very low carb version of the original Berries and Zabaglione. My students and guests couldn’t believe that is tasted so good despite the reduced sugar.
Other than myself, there was one more guest who also follows a Ketogenic Lifestyle. She has actually lost over a 100 pounds and wants to keep it that way. The two of us had just the berries and whipped cream topping. That is the best dessert for Keto purists.
I know that many Keto desserts are made with sugar substitutes, but most of them upset my stomach or give me an unpleasant after taste. I prefer to reduce the sugar and use high quality ingredients, for those few but special times that I have a dessert.
Please try this and give me your feedback in the comments sections. Also, if you have any questions, I will be happy to help you with answers.
Ciao for now 🖐💕