This English dessert has been made for more than three hundred years. Pralines add crunch to the creamy mixtures.

Martha Stewart Living, June 2000


Recipe Summary

Makes 4 to 6 five-ounce servings


For the praline
For the syllabub


Instructions Checklist
  • Coat an 11-by-17-inch baking pan lightly with canola oil; set aside. To make the praline, put sugar in a saucepan with 2 tablespoons water. Stir over medium heat until the sugar has completely dissolved, without boiling. Stop stirring; raise the heat. Boil syrup, tilting and swirling pan, until it turns caramel brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Remove from heat, and quickly stir in the nuts. Pour onto prepared baking sheet; set aside to cool. When completely cool, cut the praline into small pieces. Set aside. Praline may be made up to 2 days ahead and kept in an airtight container at room temperature.

  • To make the syllabub, place half the berries into a medium bowl, and crush them gently against the side of the bowl with the back of a spoon to release their juices. Sprinkle with 1 tablespoon sugar and 2 tablespoons brandy. Set aside.

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, combine lemon juice, sherry, and remaining 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, stirring until the sugar has dissolved. With machine on low, trickle in cream. Whisk just until cream holds its shape. Remove bowl from mixer; gently fold in the macerated and remaining fresh berries.

  • Sprinkle the praline in the bottom of each glass. Spoon syllabub into glasses. Transfer the glasses to the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight, until frozen and frosty. Sprinkle each with praline and candied lemon zest. Serve immediately.