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Uovo sbattuto con caffè

Source: every Italian nonna

Uovo sbattuto con caffè literally means beaten egg with coffee. It’s an old Italian breakfast comfort food.

The base uovo sbattuto is simply egg yolks and white sugar whisked vigorously until thick and creamy. The result is surprisingly not eggy, but rich and decadent.

If you add a sweet wine like Marsala, you get zabaglione, a light custard-like dessert. It’s delicious served over fresh berries.

If you add espresso or strong coffee, you get uovo sbattuto con caffè.

You can tailor the proportions to your suit your preferences… more sugar if you like it sweeter, or less sugar if you like it creamier.

Recipe for uovo sbattuto con caffè

Makes 1 generous serving or 2 small servings. Recipe can be easily doubled or tripled.

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2-4 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 oz espresso or strong coffee


  1. Whisk the egg yolks and sugar vigorously until thick and the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Pour into a glass or mug.
  3. Pour espresso over the egg mixture and serve.

Uovo sbattuto con caffè is a delicious morning treat when you need an extra kick to get going. For an Italian alcoholic after-meal coffee, check out Moretta di Fano. Give them a try and let me know what you think in the comments.

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