Saeco, Meet Zabaglione

Posted by Dani on November 15, 2014

Zabaglione recipe with coffee from the Saeco Minuto machine via
My Saeco Minuto and I have been getting along great lately. We’ve been hanging out in the mornings, getting to know each other better. She makes me the perfect coffee, while I read the paper. And on those days when I really need a boost, she’ll make me another one in my travel mug just before I fly out the door. Sometimes I wonder how I managed without her all these years.

She’s even converted all the picky coffee drinkers in my house. With all her options, she satisfies everybody. My youngest uses her for frothing milk or making a cappuccino, the hubby likes a full cup of coffee, and I tend to go for the shots of espresso. Everybody’s happy!

Zabaglione recipe with coffee from the Saeco Minuto machine via

You may remember from my last post that I have been testing out the Saeco Minuto coffee machine, after a lifetime of being devoted to my stovetop espresso maker. Well, the little stovetop coffee maker is now sitting in the cupboard, probably feeling very neglected, while the whole family is letting their inner barista out. And the best part is, our new Saeco machine is really easy to use.

Here are the controls. This is what you see after you turn the machine on, letting you know it’s loaded with beans and ready to go.

Zabaglione recipe with coffee from the Saeco Minuto machine via

And I should mention that this machine grinds beans for every cup, so you get the freshest coffee possible. You load the beans into one compartment at the top, you fill the water tank in the other compartment, and you’re good to go. There is even a small chute for adding ground beans if you want to use different coffee for a particular cup. You might use this for someone who wanted a cup of decaf, for example.

Zabaglione recipe with coffee from the Saeco Minuto machine via

Once the machine is loaded up, all you need to do is press a button. For a full cup of coffee, just press the “Medium Coffee” button. Use the “Large Coffee” setting for travel mug sizes.

Zabaglione recipe with coffee from the Saeco Minuto machine via

Here it is in action:

Zabaglione recipe with coffee from the Saeco Minuto machine via

The best part of having these 3 options is you can mix and match. This is a big deal for someone like me, who needs at least 10 adjectives to order the coffee I want when I go to Starbucks. I usually have a double shot of espresso with added milk to make a rich tasting latte in the morning. And when I go out, I brew a medium with an added shot of espresso in my to-go cup. This perfectly replicates my usual latte-grande-single-shot-decaf-lactose-free-milk-110 that I order from Starbucks. And it’s much cheaper, too!

With all the great coffee we have been drinking lately, I’ve been inspired to think about sweet things that go perfectly with coffee. A beautiful match is Zabaglione, an Italian dessert made with whipped egg yolks and sugar. This has what my mom calls “sostanza,” or “energy,” which makes it a perfectly acceptable breakfast food for young immigrant Italian children. Some of the best breakfasts of my life were a cup of zabaglione with a shot of espresso, and a few cookies for dipping. Sometimes, I’d even get a little Marsala wine mixed in instead. I went off to school happily those days.

So I had to introduce my new Saeco to my homemade Zabaglione. Isabel and I had this for breakfast last weekend, with Chips Ahoy for dipping – my childhood cookie. You can try it, too. It’s the easiest dessert to make. I always prefer my Zabaglione with coffee, but you can serve it with sliced fresh fruit or berries. Top it with crushed amaretti cookies, and you’ll impress your guests.

Next up, I’ll be getting to know the milk frother on the Saeco. Stay tuned for some great cappuccinos coming up!

Want to know more about this great coffee machine? Have a look at my earlier review of the Saeco Minuto.

Zabaglione recipe with coffee from the Saeco Minuto machine via

Thank you to Saeco for sending me this beautiful espresso maker to try out. All opinions are my own.



Zabaglione With Coffee
Serves 2

4 egg yolks
4 tbsp sugar
2 cups of coffee, strongly brewed

1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar in double boiler over gently boiling water. Continue whisking until thickened. Take care not to overheat the eggs or they will scramble. Take off and on heat if necessary.
2. Divide the mixture in half and add to each cup of coffee.
3. Serve with cookies for dipping.


Want to know what to do with your extra egg whites? How about whipping up a little meringue? Here’s our favourite recipe for meringues. And if you want to get fancy, try making this Pavlova!





10 Responses to “Saeco, Meet Zabaglione”

  1. Lindsay says:

    Zabaglione was definitely not in my culinary vocabulary until just now! That coffee maker looks amazing. If we were neighbours, I’d be over EVERY morning for my espresso!

  2. Randa @ TBK says:

    That is such an interesting recipe, I want to try it.

    I really like the features of this espresso maker and I can appreciate that you can up the size (that would be me).

    • Dani says:

      I’m with you Randa – I love having my big coffee when I need it. This morning was a little rough, and the hubby made me a TRIPLE espresso lol!

  3. I must say I have definitely never added egg straight to my coffee but it might be something I would try, i know my husband would he eats raw eggs all the time (yuck). However that machine looks like it makes a mean cup of coffee so I would LOVE to try that.

    • Dani says:

      The coffee is excellent. And the egg is actually “cooked” lightly on the double boiler. I actually don’t think of it as raw – goes down much better that way 😉

  4. Mary says:

    I would definitely like to try this espresso maker! I’m coming over!

  5. Fariha says:

    This looks amazing and I love that your family is letting their inner barista out 🙂

    • Dani says:

      We are having lots of fun with it! Everyone is enjoying making coffee now – even my daughter offers to make me one once in a while!

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