Friday, July 03, 2009

Strawberries with Elderflower Zabaglione

We've got some friends living nearby, who love good food as much as we do (their 7-year old daughter's favourite pizza is with arugula and Prosciutto!). We get together pretty much on a weekly basis at each other's place, cooking and eating together. Last Friday we - K,. me and Nora - walked over to their house. The weather was hot and sunny, as it has been for over a week now, and we decided to have an al fresco dinner in the backyard. They were in charge of the main course (excellent grilled Teriyaki salmon with new potatoes and a salad, with additional nibbles), we prepared a quick starter (Strawberry and Prosciutto salad with Cacioricotta cheese), and this strawberry dessert. Estonian strawberries have finally appeared on the market stalls, so we were keen to use as many of them as possible..

This is a great summer recipe. I usually make zabaglione (or sabayon, if you prefer the French name) with Marsala or Madeira or some other dessert wine. However, I have recently come across many recipes combining strawberries with elderflower, so I decided to try elderflower cordial instead. It worked like a dream - the resulting zabaglione was light and sweet with strong floral undertone, which complemented the strawberries well. We gave a quick treatment with the torch, but you could just dip the berries into this zabaglione.

I used a Swedish Brunneby Fläderblomst cordial, available in various health food shops here in Estonia.

Strawberries with Elderflower Zabaglione
(Gratineeritud maasikad leedrikreemiga)
Serves six

500 g strawberries, cleaned and halved, if necessary
4 large egg yolks
3-4 Tbsp caster sugar
4 Tbsp elderflower cordial

If you're planning to bruleé the desserts, place the strawberries in small ramekins. Otherwise just divide the berries between six glasses.
Place egg yolks and sugar in a heatproof bowl and whisk until foamy. Whisk in the elderflower cordial.
Place the bowl on top of a small saucepan, where you've brought about an inch of water into simmering boil. Continue whisking the egg mixture over the double-boiler, until it thickens (should take about 7-10 minutes). DO NOT BOIL, as the egg yolks will curdle if they get too hot.
When the mixture is thick and foamy, spoon over the strawberries. Either serve at once or, using the gas torch, grill until golden brown marks appear.


Patricia Scarpin said...

Pille, I'll be trying this! Love how delicate it sounds. Strawberries are great here now, yay!

Tiina said...

Domestic strawberries always taste the best, don't they? :) What a lovely recipe!


Pam said...

Hi, this looks great, I love strawberries.
and I loved your blog.

LoveFeast Table said...

How did you like this version compared to traditional? It sounds wonderful! -kristin

thepassionatecook said...

this looks delightful - i have my homemade elderflower at home, of course, and since i never have ventured into making zabaglione, i shall do so as soon as i get a chance, i cann't miss this opportunity!

Wendy said...

Beautiful dessert. Shall be making this soon.

Pille said...

Patricia - hope you'll enjoy this!

Tiina - thank you! I must admit I did try the imported ones couple of times, but I much prefer the local ones..

Pam - thank you!

Kristin - it's more floral, but obviously traditional zabaglione (whatever alcohol you're using) would be lovely, too.

Johanna - you'd love zabaglione - it's actually so easy to make and rather versatile.

Wendy - oh, please do :)

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