Honey Zabaglione with Grapefruit

Zabaglione, a whipped egg-yolk mixture, is an Italian classic. We added honey and enriched it with whipped cream, then spooned it over grapefruit for an elegant dessert.

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  • Servings: 4
Honey Zabaglione with Grapefruit

Photography: John Kernick

Source: Martha Stewart Living, May 2006


  • 2 red grapefruits
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons good-quality honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of coarse salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream


  1. Remove peel and pith from grapefruits with a sharp knife. Working over a large bowl, carve out segments from between membranes, allowing them to drop into bowl. Refrigerate until ready to use.

  2. Whisk egg yolks, honey, 1 tablespoon water, the lemon juice, and salt in a heatproof bowl. Set bowl over a pan of simmering water; whisk vigorously until doubled in volume, about 10 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, put cream into the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment. Beat on medium-high speed until stiff peaks form. Remove yolk mixture from heat. Using a rubber spatula, gently fold whipped cream into yolk mixture until combined. Refrigerate zabaglione 15 minutes.

  4. Divide the grapefruit sections among serving dishes. Spoon zabaglione over top of grapefruit.

Cook's Notes

The egg yolks in this recipe are not fully cooked. It should not be prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised.


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