In the world of tarts, pies, cobblers, and crisps, berries are the kit in the caboodle. Whether sweetened, covered in cream, or baked in pastry, summer's little 'jewels' are delicious! My boys and I have made several trips to the berry farms this year to stock up on blueberries (to freeze over the colder months), and also to pick out delicate red raspberries during their short season. Sweet, tart, and vibrant in color, in our house they are scarfed up by the handful!
After brainstorming, then listing, all sorts of fancy-pants desserts that I could make with my raspberries (mousse cakes, cheesecakes, tarts, you name it), I finally decided to go in a different direction. I tried to highlight the bold flavor of these beautiful, summer treats as simply (and easily) as possible, and ended up combining the fresh raspberries & blueberries with an Aged Port Zabaglione.
Try this simple dessert that packs a big punch!
Aged Port Zabaglione (Sabayon) with Raspberries & Blueberries
adapted from Bon Appetit
Makes 6-8 servings
3 tablespoons aged port
4 large egg yolks
4 tablespoons water
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup chilled whipped cream
3-4 cups berries (raspberries & blueberries here, but blackberries would work too)
In a medium pot, heat two to three inches of water to just about a simmer. Prepare a large bowl with ice and water for an ice bath. Reserve.
Place the egg yolks, port, water, and sugar into a medium heat proof mixing bowl (making sure that when the bowl is fitted over the pot, that it doesn't touch the water, otherwise you will make scrambled eggs), and whisk to combine.
Place the bowl over the not-quite-simmering water and whisk continuously for 4 minutes, or until the mixture becomes frothy and thickens.
Once thickened, place the bowl with the egg mixture directly into the ice bath (Carefully! Don't get any water into the mix!) and continue to whisk until the sauce cools, about 3 minutes.
In a separate bowl, either with a hand mixer or with a whisk, whip the chilled cream until it reaches soft peaks (not the firm peak we typically associate with whipped cream). Fold gently into the cooled egg mixture.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour or up to 4 hours.
Give the chilled Zabaglione a quick stir and spoon on top of the berries. Serve immediately.