Fresh Berries With Rosewater Sabayon Recipe

    rosewater sabayon in a bowl with fresh berries

    This rosewater sabayon recipe is a light dessert that pairs beautifully with fresh berries. You can make the sabayon and berries ahead of time, and then just assemble the dessert when you’re ready to serve it.

    A sabayon is the French version of the Italian dessert, zabaione. It’s a warm, custard-like sauce that’s typically served with fresh berries. Rather than simply drop fresh berries into the sabayon, we macerate the berries first.

    To macerate berries, you simply combine them with simple syrup (a mixture of water and sugar), lemon zest, and a dash of rosewater. The berries rest in this mixture for about an hour before they’re combined with the sabayon recipe.

    Because a sabayon is pretty runny, the sauce makes the perfect sort of “soup” for the berries to bathe in. This rosewater sabayon also has a floral touch from the culinary rosewater that’s used in it, complimenting the rosewater macerated berries too.

    You can prep the berries and sabayon ahead of time, making this a convenient dessert for entertaining. When you’re ready to serve the dessert, simply scoop the berries into individual glasses or bowls, pour the sabayon over them, then place a spoon into each serving.


    Cook time: 15 minutes
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Idle time: 1 hour



    To macerate the berries:
    1. Pour the berries into a large bowl with the simple syrup, rosewater, and lemon zest. Gently stir everything together until combined.
    2. Cover the bowl with a sheet of plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. About 20 minutes before serving, remove the bowl from the fridge.
    To make the sabayon:
    1. In a stainless steel mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar until light pale in color. Pour in the the wine.
    2. Create a double boiler by place the mixing bowl over a saucepan that has gently simmering water in it. Continuously whisk the egg yolk and sugar mixture until the mixture is hot and thickened. The mixture should coat a wooden spoon and look frothy.
    To serve:
    1. Distribute the berries in small bowls or glasses with warm sabayon poured over it.

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    Born and raised in Southern California, Beeta has embraced a healthy lifestyle focused on farm-to-table cooking, natural products, and wellness routines. When she's not writing up recipes or discussing the latest natural living trends, Beeta enjoys spending time trying new restaurants, traveling with family and friends, and relaxing at home with her furry companion.