Hi everyone.. First of all great thanks to the creator of this website because it is great for people who are interested in cooking as amateurs or professionals to communicate and share experiences..
I have been cooking at home for some time now, mostly desserts but also some pasta and meats.. Anyway, I had a huge wish to make Zabaione since the beginning and finally I got the wine needed - couldn't find Marsala so I used Red Port instead. I used a standard recipe, 2 yolks, 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. wine for 2 servings.. First of all I mixed the yolks and sugar, it went okay except for the small volume of the mixture because it was a halved recipe.. I somehow managed to beat with the electric mixer until it was almost pale (although I don't think it should've been paler) and added the wine while beating. I put it over a double boiler, it wasn't touching the water, it was barely simmering at low temp, then increased to low-medium, everything was supposed to be okay.. First of all due to the wine the colour went to pink and even chocolatey and the end product looked like I had used cocoa in it. Anyway, I mixed it for a while over the double boiler until I saw it wasn't going well.. When I took it out, the mixture hadn't doubled or tripled in volume like all recipes say but 10 minutes had surely passed.. it was thickened but even sticky, like chewing gum, and it didn't taste like nothing.
I've been wanting to make Zabaione for months now and now that I have the wine I'm really disappointed - please tell me what I did wrong. Thanks! :)