Indulge in the Divine Flavor of Wine Custard

Welcome to my wine custard recipe, a delicious and unique dessert that will delight your taste buds. If you’re a fan of sweets and wines, this recipe is definitely for you.

The wine custard is a classic dessert that has been around for centuries in Italy, also known as Italian zabaglione. The recipe made with only three ingredients: eggs, sugar, and wine! This simple mixture is cooked gently over low heat to create a silky smooth custard that is perfect for any occasion.

Whether you’re hosting a fancy dinner party or just looking for something to satisfy your sweet tooth, this wine custard recipe will not disappoint. It has a light frothy texture with hints of sweetness from the sugar combined with the richness of different types of wines such as red wine, white wine, Marsala and Riesling.

You may not know this but wine isn’t just for drinking; it can also be used in cooking and baking to add depth of flavour to any dish. So why not try this delicious dessert today? I promise it will become one of your favourite recipes.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Wine Custard
Wine Custard

If you’re a dessert lover and you’re looking for a unique, sophisticated way to combine your love for sweets with your appreciation of wine, this wine custard recipe is the perfect treat for you. Here are a few reasons why you’ll fall in love with this recipe.

Firstly, the wine in this recipe adds complexity and depth of flavor that takes traditional custard to the next level. The use of Marsala, White Wine, Riesling or even Red Wine makes this dessert sing with different wine notes dancing all over your palate. The combination of egg yolks, sugar, and wine creates a sweet yet tangy taste that makes every spoonful utterly delightful.

Another reason why you’ll adore this recipe is how easy it is to make! Consisting of only three ingredients – egg yolks, sugar and wine – you don’t need to be a master chef to whip up this delicious Italian zabaglione-inspired custard in less than 30 minutes. You can also switch out the types of wines used to create endless variations of flavor profiles depending on your mood or dinner menu.

Lastly, it’s a versatile dessert that can be served in many ways. Whether as a sauce over fresh fruit or pound cake, on top of a trifle or layered in parfaits the possibilities are truly endless – it’s simply magic what you can do with a few cups of custard. You can also transform it into tart bases or simply top it off with sweet whipped cream and garnish with berries – whatever suits your fancy!

When you serve up this light frothy custard soaked in sweet wines with hints of vanilla, citrus and spice notes at your next soiree or intimate dinner party as an after-dinner dessert course I guarantee your guests will be pleading for seconds (and thirds!).

Ingredient List

 Whip up some indulgent Wine Custard for a touch of luxury in your dessert.
Whip up some indulgent Wine Custard for a touch of luxury in your dessert.

Here is what you’ll need to make this delicious wine custard recipe:

  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup Riesling wine or white wine
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt

For the Italian custard (Zabaglione):

  • 1/4 cup Marsala wine
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Note: You can use sweet wine, like Marsala or a dry red wine, to make the custard. The type of wine you choose will affect the flavor of your custard. If you prefer a sweeter custard, use sweet dessert wine. If you want a tart custard, use dry wine.

The Recipe How-To

 Lush, creamy goodness in every spoonful of this Wine Custard.
Lush, creamy goodness in every spoonful of this Wine Custard.

Now that we’ve talked about the ingredients and why you’ll love this recipe, it’s time to dive into how to make this delectable wine custard.

Step 1: Create the Custard Zabaglione

To begin, we’ll make the custard zabaglione, which will form the base of our custard.

  1. Combine 4 large egg yolks and 1/4 cup of granulated sugar in a medium bowl set over a pot of simmering water.

  2. Whisk constantly for approximately 5 minutes until the mixture becomes light and frothy.

  3. Slowly add 1/2 cup of sweet white wine or marsala wine while continuing to whisk.

  4. Whisk for another 5 minutes until the mixture thickens and ribbons fall from the whisk when lifted.

Step 2: Create the Wine Custard

Now that we have our custard zabaglione ready, it’s time to transform it into delicious wine custard!

  1. In a separate saucepan, heat up 2 cups of either red or white wine with 1/4 cup of sugar until boiling.

  2. Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes until it has reduced to half its original volume.

  3. Add the custard zabaglione to the reduced wine mixture and gently mix together.

  4. Over low heat, cook the custard while stirring constantly until it thickens and coats the back of a spoon (approximately 5-10 minutes).

Step 3: Chill & Enjoy!

Once your custard is ready, remove it from heat and pour into ramekins or glasses for serving.

Place them in the refrigerator and chill for at least 2 hours before serving. Garnish with fresh berries or seasonings of your choice before serving!

Voila! You’ve now created a beautiful and delicious dessert for any dinner party or special occasion.

Substitutions and Variations

 Red or white, both wine varieties work wonders in this rich and indulgent custard recipe.
Red or white, both wine varieties work wonders in this rich and indulgent custard recipe.

As a sommelier, I’m always experimenting with different wines and ingredients to create unique flavors. Here are some substitutions and variations that you can try out with this wine custard recipe.

– Wine choices: While the recipe calls for Riesling or Marsala wine, you can experiment with different types of white or red wines depending on your taste preferences. For a more tart flavor, try a red wine like Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot, or for a sweeter option, opt for a light and frothy sweet wine like Moscato.

– Egg yolks: For a lighter texture in your custard, you can add an extra egg yolk or two to the recipe. Alternatively, substitute whole eggs instead of just yolks for a richer and creamier flavor.

– Sugar: If you prefer a less sweet custard, reduce the amount of sugar used in the recipe. You can even substitute granulated sugar with natural sweeteners like honey or maple syrup.

– Zabaglione: The wine custard can also be made into a classic Italian dessert known as zabaglione by adjusting the ingredient ratios. Use 4 large egg yolks, 1/3 cup granulated sugar, and 1/2 cup Marsala wine in place of the custard ingredients. Place the bowl set over a pot of simmering water (creating a double boiler) and whisk vigorously until it thickens into a creamy sauce. Serve it warm with fresh berries or as a filling for trifle.

With so many possibilities for substitutions and variations, you can truly make this wine custard recipe your own based on your preferences and available ingredients.

Serving and Pairing

 Wine and custard, a dreamy combination that will leave you spellbound.
Wine and custard, a dreamy combination that will leave you spellbound.

One of the reasons why I adore this wine custard recipe is that it can be served in various ways, making it a versatile dessert option. You can eat it on its own, or pair it with other dishes that complement its flavor profile. Here are some serving and pairing suggestions that I think you’ll love:

– Vanilla Custard Tart: Pour the wine custard into a pre-baked tart shell and chill until set. Top with whipped cream or fresh berries for a beautiful dessert centerpiece.

– Zabaglione Trifle: Layer cubes of sponge cake, fruit, and wine custard zabaglione in a trifle dish. Repeat until the dish is full and garnish with chocolate shavings or chopped nuts.

– Red Wine Poached Pears: Poach pears in red wine, sugar, and spices until tender. Serve them chilled with a dollop of wine custard on top for an elegant dessert.

– Chocolate Custard: Make a decadent dessert by layering chocolate custard and red wine-infused whipped cream in individual glasses or a large bowl.

As for pairing this dessert with other foods and drinks, I recommend serving it with lighter fare that won’t overpower its delicate flavors. A crisp white wine like Riesling or Pinot Grigio would be an excellent choice, as would a glass of light-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir. If you prefer something non-alcoholic, a hot cup of coffee or tea would be equally delightful.

Overall, this wine custard recipe is sure to impress your guests with its light frothy texture and sweet wine flavor. Whether you’re looking for a classic Italian dessert or something new to add to your repertoire, this recipe is perfect for any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 A dessert that's as smooth and velvety as it is boozy!
A dessert that’s as smooth and velvety as it is boozy!

One of the best things about this wine custard recipe is that it can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator until you’re ready to serve. The custard will keep for up to three days, so it’s perfect for making ahead of time for dinner parties or special occasions.

To store the custard, cover it with plastic wrap or transfer it to an airtight container. When you’re ready to serve, simply remove the custard from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature before serving.

If you have leftovers or want to make a larger batch for later, this recipe also reheats beautifully. To reheat individual servings, microwave each dish for 30 seconds at a time, stirring in between until the custard is warm throughout.

For larger portions, place the custard in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, also known as a double boiler. Stir frequently until heated through and smooth.

This wine custard is incredibly versatile and can be served on its own or used as a base for other desserts like trifle, custard tart or even chocolate custard. The subtle sweet notes of the wine make it a perfect pairing for red wine poached pears too. Whatever your preferred presentation may be or whether you decide to make ahead or reheat, this wine custard recipe will surely receive compliments from your guests.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Each bite of this scrumptious custard is like a sip of fine wine - the perfect pairing.
Each bite of this scrumptious custard is like a sip of fine wine – the perfect pairing.

Making a wine custard can be a little tricky, but with some tips, you can achieve perfect results every time. Here are some suggestions to help you make the most delicious Italian dessert:

1. Use fresh and high-quality ingredients: This recipe requires only three ingredients but using stale eggs, low-quality wines or sugar could ruin you custard.

2. Whisk continuously: To ensure light and frothy custard zabaglione, whisk continuously while making it with either an electric or hand whisk.

3. Don’t stop whisking: The process of making egg custard requires a consistent and steady heat source to cook the yolks properly. Do not stop whisking or get tempted to increase the temperature; otherwise, your custard may curdle.

4. Use proper equipment: Ensure that you use a double boiler while cooking the zabaglione to avoid burning any of the sauce’s ingredients.

5. Be mindful of temperature: When you combine the made egg yolks with the sugar and wine mixture, make sure both mixtures are at room temperature to prevent curdling.

6. Make ahead of time: The custard will firm up after refrigerating for several hours or overnight; take note of this if planning to serve it later, giving plenty of time for preparation.

By following these tips, your wine custard will come out perfectly sweet and silky every time!


As a sommelier, I believe that the success of any recipe is in the details. To ensure that you can create this wine custard recipe perfectly every time, let’s take some time to answer some frequently asked questions.

What does zabaglione taste like?

The perfect combination of egg-based custard and wine creates a smooth and rich emulsion known as zabaglione, as reported by The New York Times.

What is the difference between sabayon and zabaglione?

The sabayon, which is also known as zabaglione in Italy, is a delicate sauce that is made by blending egg yolks, wine, and sugar. It’s said to have originated in Italy during the 1500s, although there’s much debate and uncertainty about its true origin.

What makes custard so creamy?

The creamy goodness of custard is attributed to a specific ingredient that it requires – egg yolk. Unlike ice cream, custard cannot be called custard unless it contains a minimum of 1.4% pasteurized egg yolk.

What is a foamy custard made from eggs cooked with sugar and sweet wine?

Zabaglione, an Italian custard, has a delicate and airy consistency. Its preparation involves blending egg yolks, sugar, and wine together, and then whisking them over a pot of gently boiling water. This technique will result in the mixture being light, smooth, and well-emulsified, thus producing a scrumptious dessert.

Bottom Line

In conclusion, this wine custard recipe is a delicious and unique dessert option that is sure to impress any dinner party guest or satisfy your own sweet tooth. With only three simple ingredients, it’s easy to make and can be customized with variations such as using different types of wine or adding in complementary flavors like chocolate or fruit. Not only is this dessert mouth-watering and visually stunning, but it’s a great way to incorporate your favorite wines into your culinary creations.

Whether you’re a fan of red or white, sweet or dry, there’s a wine custard variation for everyone. So why not give this recipe a try? Impress your guests with a decadent zabaglione or treat yourself to a fun twist on classic custard. Either way, you won’t be disappointed with the results. Trust me, I have the expertise of a sommelier and I can honestly say that this wine custard recipe is one you won’t want to miss!

Wine Custard

Wine Custard Recipe

Quick and easy to make with ingredients you almost always have on hand. A wonderful end to a warm summer meal.
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Prep Time 3 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine French
Calories 171.6 kcal


  • 2 cups riesling wine or 2 cups fruity white wine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 medium eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar


  • Place all ingredients in a double boiler and set over (but not touching) boiling water.
  • Cook, beating mixture constantly and vigorously with a wire whisk, until custard thickens, about 10 minutes.
  • Refrigerate and serve cool.
  • Enjoy!

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 108gCalories: 171.6kcalCarbohydrates: 19.8gProtein: 3.8gFat: 2.9gSaturated Fat: 0.9gCholesterol: 124.1mgSodium: 41.5mgSugar: 16.9g
Keyword < 15 Mins, Dessert, Easy, European, Healthy, Low Protein, Summer
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