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North Carolina Zabaglione

Zabaglione is an Italian custard made from only eggs, not eggs and milk.* It comes from the Piedmont area of Italy, but I’m claiming it for the Piedmont of North Carolina. Why, you may ask? Well, it is a staple dessert of the Waldensian people from Northwestern Italy who settled the town of Valdese, North Carolina, 125 years ago. In Valdese, it is known as zabaione. I have made it even more North Carolina by using Raleigh, North Carolina’s own Oak City Amaretto, instead of the traditional wine.

North Carolina Zabaglione

1 dozen egg yolks from pasteurized eggs

1/3 cup superfine sugar

3 tablespoons (1 shot) Oak City Amaretto

amaretti cookies

In the top of a double boiler (off the heat) whisk the egg yolks and sugar. Add the amaretto and continue whisking until frothy. Fill the bottom of the double boiler with water and bring to a simmer or slight boil. Put the top pot in the double boiler and whisk vigorously for 3-4 minutes until the mixture looks like a smooth custard. There is a risk that you could get scrambled eggs, so you want to whisk continuously and with a strong arm. Serve immediately or slightly warm in sherbet glasses. Serve with amaretti cookies.

*I have seen some recipes that use milk as well, but most of the traditional and older recipes do not.

–Dina M. Di Maio, author of Authentic Italian: The Real Story of Italy’s Food and Its People, available at Amazon.com



Cool Food Blog

Bits of Sunshine is a very cool baking blog from a blogger in South Africa.  The name alone is enticing, especially when we are having “bits of sunshine” as we wait for spring to finally arrive.  The blog has favorite modern recipes like chocolate salted caramel cupcakes and red velvet cupcakes along with creative cupcakes and cookies with ingredients like Rolos. I really want to make the custard cream cookies she recently posted.  I love their sunshiney yellow color, and I’ve always wanted to try a corn flour cookie.  This blog has a bright, fun feel.  She even designs free printable cake toppers and tags for readers to use.  And the best:  You can download her cookbook, Bakes & Treats, for free.