Outside is green lushness with a patch of white. The view from where I’m sitting is filled with trees. One of them is a dogwood in full bloom. Thunderstorms rolled through last night and washed away much of the pollen. It made all the green leaves so bright and vivid. There are warm days ahead and much landscape work to be done. I’ll be cooling down on those days of yard work with a bowl of Zabaglione Gelato.
My frozen treat craving kicks in when spring arrives. It seems to go hand in hand with working up a sweat in the yard. Warmer temperatures have something to do with it too. Just recently I almost went to a frozen yogurt shop when I saw it while doing errands. I rarely, as in seriously rarely, ever have that notion. So this year I seem to have a larger than normal craving for frozen treats.
The craving wasn’t there a couple of months ago. It was when Sunday Supper announced an Italian Fest event. I looked at it and drew a complete blank on what to make. Pasta popped in mind first. I even started scouting for unique pasta shapes or colors. My tri-color sage is doing well and I thought of the classic browned butter sage pasta. Obviously I wasn’t that enthused about it.
Then last week I noticed a sticky note. On it I had written lemon thyme sorbet. I stuck the note on the front of the file stand in my kitchen. It was to remind me of an idea I had when making Lemony Couscous Lentil Salad. Yet lemon wasn’t what my taste buds wanted. Then I remembered zabaglione, a lovely Italian custard dessert made with egg yolks and Marsala wine. Oh yea! Now I knew which frozen treat to make.
Zabaglione Gelato has the custard’s wonderful flavor. It has the same egg yolk-y yellow color too. It is like a bowl of bright sunshine. It’s even prettier with fresh berries. Luckily there were beautiful strawberries at the store. Strangely there were no blueberries or blackberries and the raspberries looked pitiful. Perhaps it is the time of year when berry season ends in one area and hasn’t started in another.
Do you enjoy Italian cuisine? Scroll down to find what my fellow Sunday Supper tastemakers made for the fest. Check out my Baked Cavatini, Delicata Squash Risotto, and Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce too. Special thanks to Manu of Manu’s Menu for hosting this tasty event.
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 5 egg yolks
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/4 cup Marsala wine
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar and egg yolks until lighter in color, about 2 minutes.
In a saucepan over medium heat, bring milk and cream to just a simmer (it begins to bubble at the edges - do not boil).
Use a ladle to add a little of the cream to the egg yolks/sugar. Whisk constantly while adding. Continue adding cream until at least half has been mixed in. Add the mixture back to the pan and whisk to combine.
Over medium heat and stirring constantly, cook mixture until it reaches 175°F.
Pour mixture into a medium bowl. Stir in Marsala and vanilla.
Cover mixture directly on top with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from forming. Cool to room temperature then chill overnight.
Pour chilled mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions. Transfer gelato to a container, cover, and place it in the freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Time stated is hands-on and does not include cooling and chilling base or freezing after churning.
It’s another scrumptious virtual food fest! Take a look at these Italian recipes by Sunday Supper tastemakers:
- Cacio e Uova Meatless Recipe from She Loves Biscotti
- Gnocchi alla Romana from Tramplingrose
- Italian Rice Balls from My World Simplified
- Rosemary Focaccia from Curious Cuisiniere
- Tomato Caprese with Burrata from Casa de Crews
- Zucchini Torta from Sunday Supper Movement
- Asparagus and Lemon Risotto from Un Assaggio of Food, Wine & Marriage
- Braised Italian-Style Beef Short Ribs from Hardly A Goddess
- Bruschetta Chicken from Meal Planning Magic
- Bucatini with Roasted Garlic Tomato Sauce from The TipToe Fairy
- Orechietti with Broccoli Rabe and Shrimp from Delaware Girl Eats
- Cheesy Gnocchi and Sausage Bake from Confessions of a Cooking Diva
- Classic Vodka Sauce from Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Fast Faux-Baked Ziti from Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Florentine Pizza from A Mind Full Mom
- Gluten Free Meatballs with Homemade Sauce from Gluten Free Crumbley
- Green and Yellow Artichoke Tortellini with Mushrooms, Pancetta and Spring Peas with White Wine Reduction from Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Grilled Chicken Pesto Panini from Eat, Drink and be Tracy
- Mushroom Bolognese Pasta Recipe from Life Tastes Good
- Parma Rosa Baked Ziti from Palatable Pastime
- Pasta Con Sarde a Mare – Pasta with Sardines at Sea from Caroline’s Cooking
- Pasta e Fagioli from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Penne with Sausage in Creamy Boursin Cheese Recipe from Feeding Big and more
- Pesce all’Aqua Pazza from Monica’s Table
- Polenta-Crusted Italian Sausage Pies from Wholistic Woman
- Pumpkin Agnolotti from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Shrimp Fra Diavolo from Grumpy’s Honeybunch
- Slow Cooker Lasagna from Food Lust People Love
- Stuffed Ravioli in Alfredo Sauce from The Freshman Cook
- Tuscan Kale Pesto Risotto from Cooking Chat
- Tuscan Porterhouse with Balsamic-Rosemary Steak Sauce and Seared Radicchio from The Texan New Yorker
- Tuscan Style Chicken Breasts from Simple and Savory
- Zuppa Toscana from Momma’s Meals
- Italian Berries, Mascarpone and Marsala Budini from La Bella Vita Cucina
- Berry Tiramisu from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Cannoli Poke Cake from Moore or Less Cooking
- Cherry Walnut Biscotti from Pies and Plots
- Chocolate Tiramisu from Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Fiordilatte Gelato from Manu’s Menu
- Italian Cream Cheesecake from The Crumby Cupcake
- Lemoncello Tiramisu from The Redhead Baker
- Limoncello Cookies from Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Orange and Almond Ricotta Cheesecake from Pine Needles In My Salad
- Panna Cotta with Fresh Berries from The Chef Next Door
- Salame al Cioccolato (Chocolate Salami) from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Strawberry Panna Cotta from From Gate to Plate
- Tiramisu Semifreddo from Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Wine and Cheese Chocolate Muffins from What Smells So Good?
- Zabaglione Gelato from Magnolia Days
- Bicerin (Italian Coffee) from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Easy Limoncello from Our Good Life
- Liquore all’Alloro from Culinary Adventures with Camilla
- Sgroppino (Frothy Italian Sorbetto Cocktail) from The Wimpy Vegetarian
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