Zabaglione Filling

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Talk about creamy, rich, and heavenly, this recipe is for you. I created it to use my Espresso Tiramisu and it seems to make all of my problems float away (at least temporarily!) While traditional Tiramisu calls for raw egg yolks, often recipes use Zabaglione, which is essentially a custard cooked on the stove. Of course, you also just serve the Zabaglione on its own over a slice of plain cake or ladyfingers or even in a bowl with fresh berries. For a shortcut, I have often substituted with my Vanilla Bean Pastry Cream or Jell-O Brand Instant Pudding & Pie Filling (follow instructions for the 3.4-ounce pie filling), but they are not the same.


Mascarpone, used in this recipe, is a triple-creme cheese and is very expensive. It's made from the milk of cows that have been fed special grasses filled with herbs and flowers. This special diet creates a unique taste that has been described as "fresh and delicious." It can be found in the grocery store or you can make you own. Sometimes the mascarpone mixture can be a bit thick, in which case I add a tablespoon or two of cognac or orange juice to the mixture which also gives it an extra zing.
To make your own, for 3 cups: mix together 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, 1/2 cup heavy cream and 6 tablespoons sour cream. For a lighter version: For 3 cups: use 1 1/2 pounds Neufchatel Cream Cheese (1/3 reduced-fat), 1/2 cup evaporated skimmed milk and 6 tablespoons light sour cream, not fat-free. 

4 large egg yolks, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup sweet Marsala wine (available in the supermarket)
3 cups (12 ounces) mascarpone cheese, at room temperature
2 tablespoons orange juice or more Marsala wine
1 cup heavy whipping cream, cold

1. Fit the mixer with a whisk attachment. 
Add the egg yolks in the bowl of electric mixer or heat-proof bowl, and beat on medium, for about 1 minute,   
Then, beat in the sugar and Marsala.


2. Unclamp the mixing bowl. Whisk the egg yolk mixture over a pan of simmering water until thickened.

The zabaglione filling will thicken just before it reaches the boiling point, when small bubbles appear.

3. Remove and beat, either with a hand mixer set at medium speed or heavy-duty mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, until aerated and cold.

4. Mash the mascarpone with orange juice in a bowl with a rubber spatula until it is smooth.

5. Add in the zabaglione and fold in well.


6. In a separate bowl, whip the cream until soft peaks form.


7. Fold the whipped cream into the mascarpone mixture until smooth. Cover and chill until needed.

Can refrigerate for a day or two. Cannot be frozen.

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