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By Nigella Lawson

Published 1998

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I use a stainless steel, round-bottomed bowl which I suspend over (but not touching) bubbling water in a pan. If you haven’t got an electric beater, then just use a whisk: zabaione does, after all, predate the invention of the electric whisk; I dare say it predates the discovery of electricity.


  • 2 egg yolks
  • 25 g caster sugar
  • 60 ml, or


Put warm water in a pan on the heat, put the bowl you are using to construct your double boiler on top and in that bowl put the egg yolks and sugar. Start whisking them and continue whisking while the water heats up and starts to simmer: the egg mixture should become as thick as double cream and pale as butter; by the very end it should have tripled in volume. Continue whisking and slowly, slow