Using only 5 ingredients, this easy lemon syllabub recipe basically tastes like decadent lemon-flavored whipping cream. It’s the ultimate creamy and indulgent dessert.
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 this classic British recipe and understood full well what all the hubbub 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 with a mousse or custard-like texture.
Most recipes online are pretty complicated and I have a firm belief that food and life are really simple, so here is my quick and easy lemon syllabub recipe. All you need is sugar, lemon, apple juice, vanilla, and heavy whipping cream. Once we zest and juice our lemon, all we have to do is mix the ingredients together until we get a thick and creamy dessert. It truly is that simple and the dessert is ready in under 15 minutes. You can serve it immediately or let it chill so the flavors marry. Either way, it’s best served on the day.
Now I’ve told y’all how this lemon syllabub recipe is basically going to knock your socks off, it’s time to get mixing!
- Granulated sugar
- Apple juice
- Heavy (whipping) cream
- Vanilla extract
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How to Make Lemon Syllabub
The first step is to zest and juice the lemon.
You can zest it with a microplane, zester, or even a cheese grater if you are careful.
The key is that you don’t want to push down too much when zesting the lemon. You really only want to get the thin yellow peel off without delving into the bitter white part. If you do get too deep and hit white though, it’ll be fine.
To juice the lemon, just cut it in half and squeeze it as best you can into a bowl or use a juicer.
Here’s our fresh lemon juice!
The juice from one lemon is perfect.
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 in a most dainty fashion whilst babying the whole mixture.
In my syllabub recipe, this is the part where you dump every single ingredient into a big old mixing bowl.
Beat them like they called your mama ugly. Or until thick and slightly stiff 😉.
It should look as thick and creamy as this.
Make sure you keep an eye on it as it can overwhip quickly and you don’t want that!
Cover and chill until ready to serve.
I recommend chilling for at least 30 minutes.
Garnish with fresh berries and a lemon slice if desired.
Today, I’m using these fresh strawberries but I also love to add raspberries on top!
BRB, I have some syllabub to devour!
Best if served on the same day. However, you can store it covered with plastic wrap or in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two days. I don’t recommend freezing it as it will change the dessert’s texture.
- Most syllabub recipes call for white wine, but I use apple juice instead. If you enjoy the taste of wine, feel free to substitute.
- Other alcoholic options you can use as a substitute include sherry, dessert wine, brandy, cider, prosecco, limoncello, or your favorite liqueur.
- Now, you can use lemon juice from a bottle. But you won’t end up with as much flavor without the zest. If you use bottled lemon juice (which I don’t really recommend, but it will work) add about an extra 1/4 cup.
- For additional flavor, add 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg (or to taste).
- Another common garnish is fresh mint leaves.
- Want to change things up? Swap the lemon for lime juice and zest or orange juice and zest.
What is syllabub?
Syllabub is a dessert originating from 17th-century Britain. Its core ingredients are cream, sugar, and lemon. It’s typically made by curdling the cream with an acid like wine or cider. Today, we’re using lemon and apple juice for curdling and flavor.
What is the difference between a syllabub and a posset?
Syllabub and posset are very similar desserts. However, syllabub is typically thicker than posset and served cold.
What is lemon posset made of?
A posset is basically made from the same ingredients: cream, lemon, and sugar. However, it dates back even further than syllabub to 14th-century Britain when it was typically served warm.
Can you make vegan lemon syllabub?
Yes, you can use cashew cream or coconut cream instead.
Does syllabub contain alcohol?
Traditionally, syllabub is made with a combination of dairy and alcohol. However, today we’re using apple juice as a substitute.
What do you serve with lemon syllabub?
Check out these other lovely lemon treats:
- 1.5 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons apple juice
- 1 lemon
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Zest and juice the lemon.1 lemon
- Place all ingredients (including lemon juice and zest) in a large mixing bowl.1.5 cups heavy cream, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons apple juice, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 lemon
- Beat with an electric mixer (stopping to scrape down the sides) and stir from the bottom once, until it's thick and slightly stiff.
- Chill until ready to serve, but serve it on the same day.
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