Lemon and Prosecco syllabub

Helen Jessup shares this beautifully creamy dessert recipe as a show-stopping finale to her ideal dinner party menu. The lemon syllabub is rich with cream and mascarpone, with added zing from limoncello, and bubbly Prosecco for a touch of glamour.

First published in 2015

Adult-only dinner parties are not an activity that we're able to take part in very often, as most of our entertaining takes place with kids in tow (both ours and those of our guests). With this in mind, our menu usually consists of family-friendly one pot dishes, or I feed the kids first and adults later.

Whatever the menu is though, whether child-friendly or an adult-only soirée, I always make sure I have a good selection of desserts, as it’s the course that I enjoy preparing the most.

Below is my favourite course from a rare adult-only dinner party we hosted recently – dessert. This was a Lemon and Prosecco syllabub, a lightly whipped creamy dessert with a hint of limoncello and Prosecco, sitting on top of a layer of crushed amaretti biscuits, which complemented the dessert perfectly.

Prepare the dish in advance and assemble in cocktail glasses just before serving.





  • 400ml of double cream
  • 300g of mascarpone
  • 100g of caster sugar
  • 4 lemons, zest only
  • 1 1/2 tbsp of limoncello
  • 6 tbsp of Prosecco, plus 4tsp extra
  • 60g of amaretto biscuit, crushed, plus extra to serve


In a large bowl, whisk together the double cream, mascarpone, sugar, lemon zest, limoncello and the 6 tablespoons of Prosecco until it’s the consistency of clotted cream
Divide the crushed amaretti biscuits between individual glasses, reserving a little for sprinkling over the top. Add half a teaspoon of the extra Prosecco over the biscuits in each glass and let it soak in
Divide the creamy mixture between the glasses and sprinkle with the remaining crushed biscuits
Serve immediately with a couple of extra biscuits on the side
First published in 2015

Helen is a recipe developer and food blogger living in the Midlands with her husband and three children.

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