Lemon Cardamom Syllabub Recipe

Lemon Cardamom Syllabub Recipe

[Photograph: Sydney Oland]

On the list of great culinary innovations that Britain has given the world, desserts would be at the top. Although trifle and pudding are the most well-known, the humble syllabub is my personal favorite. What comes down to a flavored whipped cream is made more complex by the slight curdle the cream gets from citrus, and the sweet alcohol burn given to the cream by sugar and brandy.

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  • Yield:serves 4
  • Active time: 15 minutes
  • Total time:at least 12 hours


  • 1/3 cup brandy
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 teaspoons zest and 2 tablespoons juice from 1 lemon
  • 1 pint heavy cream


  1. 1.

    Combine brandy, sugar, cardamom, and lemon zest and juice and mix until sugar is dissolved. Cover and let sit on counter overnight.

  2. 2.

    Strain brandy mixture into a large bowl. Pour cream over brandy and, using a whisk, beat until desired thickness is reached—thicker for a more traditional syllabub, or looser if preferred.