Coffee and Brandy Syllabub Recipe

Coffee and Brandy Syllabub Recipe

This heavenly dessert couldn't be easier - a froth of whipped coffee and brandy clream tops juicy grapes. Crisp biscuits provide a delicious contrast.

Ingredients : (Serves 6)

75 g/3 oz/6 tablespoons soft light brown sugar

Finely grated rind of orange

120 ml/4 fl oz/ cup brandy

120 ml/4 fl oz/ cup cold strong brewed coffee

400 ml/14 fl oz double (heavy) cream

225 g/8 oz white seedless grapes

Sugared grapes, to decorate

Crisp biscuits (cookies), to serve

Method :

Put the brown sugar, orange rind and brandy into a small bowl. Stir well, then cover with clear film (plastic wrap) and leave to stand for 1 hour. Strain the mixture through a fine sieve into a clean bowl. Stir in the coffee. Slowly pour in the cream, whisking all the time.


Continue whisking for 3-4 minutes, until the mixture thickens enough to stand in soft peaks. Divide the grapes among the glasses. Pour or spoon the syllabub over the grapes. Chill for 1 hour, then decorate the glasses with clusters of sugared grapes and serve with crisp biscuits.


Cook's Tip: For sugared grapes, wash and dry the fruit, then snip into small clusters. Use a fine brush to paint lightly beaten egg white evenly on to the grapes, then dust with caster (superfine) sugar. Shake off any excess sugar and leave to dry before using.

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