Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Syllabub

....a simply sweet sampling of an old English drink, considered a historical curiosity... Syllabub...
1/2 c. white wine
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. fresh lemon zest
4 Tbsp. sugar
1 c. heavy cream

Combine wine, juice, zest, and sugar in a bowl. Allow flavors to blend for 3 hours or more. Prior to serving, add heavy cream and whip vigorously until mixture thickens and begins to turn frothy. Serve and Enjoy.

Considered one of England's great sweets, there are as many different spellings (sillabub, sillebub, syllabube) as there are variations to this basic syllabub recipe. The original version contained raw egg to help stabilize the heavy cream; however, the egg has been removed in slightly more modern recipes for safety concerns. A syllabub can also be made with the wine on the bottom and the thick frothy cream served over top. Yet another version, when prepared as a dessert, is much thicker, and served with a spoon.
Syllabub is a perfect addition to your Afternoon Tea menu when it is a very special occasion. Do serve it forth in the most elegant glass available, lightly dusted with nutmeg if desired.

4 comments:

Marilyn said...

Now wasn't it syllabub that made Anne of Green Gables a little tipsy? I had never heard of it before I heard that story.

Steph said...

Very cool - I've read about this, but never met anyone that has actually tried it!

metique said...

Thank you for sharing this. I wondered what it was when I first read your menu.
marthae

braquiplan said...

well.. this look so delicious,, but where can I find this??