Introduction: Creamy Syllabub

This is an ancient English recipe - examples in cookery books dating to the Tudor period (1550-1650 ish) have been found. I am not sure if this is an authentic version however. The originals call for milk essentially still warm from the cow !

Its a cream based dish, so rich its served in small glasses. It contains alcohol, but little more than a glass of sweet white wine, and a couple of tablespoons of sherry.

Step 1: Ingredients

3/4 pint double cream
1 small glass of sweet white wine
1/2 glass of sherry or spirit of your choice.
3 oz caster sugar
1 lemon (zest and juice)
1 egg white, whipped.


Step 2: Zest the Lemon and Soak

Remove the lemon zest, with a dedicated zester, or a potato peeler. Try and avoid removing too much pith. The zest should be yellow, not white !

Soak the zest in the spirit, ideally overnight.

Step 3: Sugar Solution

Add the juice of the lemon, the sherry poured off the zest, the white wine and the sugar. Stir until dissolved.

TIP: To get more juice from the lemon, microwave for 15 seconds on full power.

Step 4: Whip Cream and Egg White Separately

Whip the cream to be very very stiff.

Whip the egg white separately

Step 5: Add Sugar Solution

Blend in the sugar solution slowly - pick a bigger bowl to do it in than I did ! This bit is MESSY. :-(

Step 6: Fold in the Egg White

Fold in the egg white to the mixture.


Step 7: Put Into Small-ish Glasses

Put the mixture into small-ish glasses - this is very rich. Chill and serve,

Comments

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AngryRedhead (author)2009-12-25
It's hard to beat lemon and cream concoctions.  Maybe a spatula and an impromptu funnel made out of sheet of wax paper would have made the prep and distribution easier?
 
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Good idea. You can see dripping it in is a bit tricky....

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I'm impressed you did it so well!  I can only imagine how difficult it must have been.
 
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... a performance for the cameras....normally I'd've licked the glasses when no-one was looking
;-)

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lemonie (author)2009-12-25

Super. Dad burned the christmas pudding, I was chewing on caremellised fruit...

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steveastrouk (author)lemonie2009-12-25

Made it then ?

Steve

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lemonie (author)steveastrouk2009-12-25

Over-excited it with EM radiation...

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steveastrouk (author)lemonie2009-12-25

Lemonie flavour too

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