Citrus Fruits with Grand Marnier Sabayon and Citrus Sorbet


This rich-tasting yet light dessert appropriate to end a special meal. The fruit can be done a day ahead; refrigerate in reasonable plastic food storage bag. Make the sabayon custard just before serving. Use the reserved juices from the citrus to drizzle over the finished dish.  This recipe serves 12


  • 4 medium grapefruit
  • 6 blood oranges Oranges, blood, raw
  • 6 mandarin oranges
  • 8 large egg yolks, at room temperature Egg, yolk, raw, fresh
  • 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar, plus more for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine Alcoholic beverage, wine, table, white
  • 1/4 cup Grand Marnier liqueur Alcoholic beverage, liqueur, Grand Marnier
  • 1 quart premium store - bought citrus sorbet


Step 1

Place a fine mesh strainer over a medium bowl. Use a small, sharp knife to slice off the tops and bottoms of the grapefruit and oranges. Cut along the curved sides of the fruit to remove the remaining peel and any white pith. Holding the citrus in one hand over the strainer, cut along each side of the membranes to release the segments; try to make all segments the same thickness. Discard any membrane and the seeds. Reserve the segments and juices separately. Fill a medium saucepan with an inch or two of water and place over medium-low heat. Combine the egg yolks, sugar, dry white wine and Grand Marnier in a stainless steel bowl and pace the saucepan. Whisk the saybayon constantly for about 10 minutes, until it is warm, thick and glossy and falls from the whisk in a slow ribbon. Remove the bowl from the saucepan and continue to whisk for about 3 minutes, forming ribbons, until the sabayon has cooled slightly. When ready to serve, have ready a kitchen blowtorch, or position an oven rack 4-5 inches from the broiler element and preheat the broiler. Make sure the serving plates are oven-safe and heatproof. Arrange the reserved grapefruit and orange segments in alternating colours on individual plates. Drizzle with some of the reserved juices. Spoon the sabayon evenly over the fruit. Sprinkle lightly with confectioner's sugar. Either use the blowtorch to lightly caramelize the top of the sabayon, being careful not to hold the torch in one spot too long, or place the plates under the broiler for a few minutes, watching closely to prevent burning, until the sabayon is lightly browned To Serve, place a small scoop of citrus sorbet in the centre of each filled plate. Serve immediately


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