Christmas Syllabub Recipe

a glass of Christmas syllabub covered in sprinkles
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 Updated 02/07/2015

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What is syllabub? Syllabub is basically a curdled, alcoholic milkshake that you eat with a spoon. Yum! Still interested in making this recipe? Here's another syllabub fact for you - people used to make syllabub by milking a cow directly into a goblet of wine. Now, I know that doesn't sound at all appetising but this modern version is delicious (well I think so anyway!). You mix cream with alcohol, sweeten with sugar, curdle with lemon juice (the alcohol also curdles the milk) and stiffen with egg whites.
As with other rich desserts, syllabub is associated with Christmas and in past times would probably have been eaten on other feast days as well.

You may be interested to try this suggested menu:

Starter - Prawn and Dill Avocados
Main Course (Meat) - Luxury Christmas Pie
Main Course (Vegetarian) - Celeriac Christmas Roulade
Dessert - Christmas Syllabub

the ingredients you need to make christmas syllabub


  • 2 egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons wine
  • 5 tablespoons sherry
  • 1/2 pint double cream
  • juice and zest of half a lemon
(see measure conversions for more information on quantites)


  1. Beat the egg whites into a very stiff froth (see picture 1).
  2. Grate the lemon rind finely.
  3. Put the sugar, lemon juice, wine and sherry into a basin and mix together.
  4. Stir in the cream. You should get a mixture resembling the one in picture 2.
  5. Add the egg whites and a little of the lemon rind (pictures 3 and 4).
  6. Fill a saucepan with water and put the bowl in it so that it rests in the water. Over a gentle heat, whisk the mixture well (see picture 5). Do NOT let it boil.
  7. Pour the mixture into serving glasses, filling them each about half.
  8. Leave to chill overnight in the fridge.
whisk the egg whites until you get stiff peaks mix together all the liquids add the egg whites to the cream mixture stir well and add the lemon zest heat the syllabub on the stove and whisk gently

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 600 minutes

Yield: 4 small portions


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