Syllabub is a dessert that has been around for centuries. I first heard of it in a Tamera Alexander novel (which coincidentally features one of my recipes in the back!) and since it was the beloved favorite of one of the lead characters, my interest as a cook was piqued. I immediately made a version of it and understood full well what all the hub bub was about! Since then, I’ve heard this recipe pop up in all sorts of places, and Mama said they even had it on Downton Abbey a few weeks back.
You know how you always want a little more whipped cream because it is so good? Well, this dessert is basically glorified whipped cream! If you love lemon meringue pie like me, you’ll especially love this because it kinda ends up tasting like lemon meringue pie flavored whipped cream. It’s just delightfully decadent.
But most recipes online are pretty complicated and I have a firm believe that food and life are really simple, we just insist on complicating them. One of the things I like to do is simplify – so here is my recipe 🙂
You’ll need: Sugar, a Lemon, Apple Juice and Heavy (whipping) Cream.
*Most recipes call for white wine, but I use apple juice instead. If you enjoy the taste of wine, feel free to substitute.
Before starting, zest and juice lemon.
You can zest it with a microplane, zester, or even a cheese grater if you are careful.
Just don’t push down too much when zesting it, you really want to get the thin yellow peel off without delving into the bitter white part. You can see from this picture that I’m just barely taking the outside skin off, not digging so deep as to hit white.
Note: If you do get too deep and hit white, it’ll be fine. Just keep on going and pretend you didn’t.
To juice it, just cut it in half and squeeze it as best you can into a bowl.
The juice of one lemon is fine.
You can do lemon juice from a bottle but you won’t end up with as much flavor without the zest. If you use bottle lemon juice (which I don’t really recommend, but it will work) add about 1/4 of a cup of it.
This is the part where a lot of recipes have you placing the cream in a bowl and whipping that a little, then gradually adding sugar, then gradually adding juices, etc in a most dainty fashion whilst babying the whole mixture.
In MY recipe, this is the part where you dump every single ingredient into a big old mixing bowl and beat it like it called your mama ugly. Or until thick and slightly stiff 🙂
Cover and chill until ready to serve.
Garnish with fresh berries, if desired. Best if served the same day.
To get my Lemon Meringue Pie recipe, please click here.
To get my Lemon Bar recipe, please click here.
To get my Lemon Blossom Cookie recipe, please click here.
- 1+ ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple juice
- Juice of one lemon
- zest of one lemon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla
- Zest and juice lemon. Place all ingredients (including lemon juice and zest) in large mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer, stopping to scrape down sides and stir from the bottom once, until thick and slightly stiff.
- Chill until ready to serve - serve same day.
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