Passion fruit and muscat syllabub with lemon ice cream and viennese biscuits

British and Eastern European influences are brought together to great effect in this gorgeous dessert from Carolyn Waldegrave
Passion fruit and muscat syllabub with lemon ice cream and viennese biscuits
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Prep Time: 35 minutes plus 1 hr freezing
  • Effort: medium



  • 8 ripe passion fruit
  • 250 ml mascarpone
  • 200 ml crème fraîche
  • 3 tbsp Muscat dessert wine
  • 2 tbsp icing sugar
  • juice of 1 lemons

For the Ice Cream:

  • 1 good quality jar of lemon curd
  • 570 ml double cream

For the Biscuits:

  • butter, for greasing
  • 125 g unsalted butter
  • 30 g icing sugar, sifted
  • 125 g plain flour, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 0 4 drops vanilla essence


1. To make the Syllabub, cut the passionfruits in half. Scoop out and set aside the seeds and juice.

2. Mix together the Mascarpone, crème fraiche and Muscat. Sift in the icing sugar. Season to taste with the lemon juice. Fold in the passion fruit seeds and juice, reserving a few seeds for decoration.

3. Pour the mixture into stem glasses and decorate with the reserved seeds. Chill well before serving.

4. For the ice cream, mix together the lemon curd and double cream, tip into a plastic freezer container and freeze.

5. For the biscuits, grease three baking sheets. Beat the butter until soft, add sifted icing sugar and beat again until light and fluffy.

6. Add sifted flour, baking powder and vanilla essence, using your hands to work to a paste.

7. Pipe or shape into 24 biscuits and bake for 15 minutes in an oven heated to 190°C/gas 5. Leave to cool, and serve with the ice cream and syllabub.

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