Mandarin and rosemary syllabub

Mandarin and rosemary syllabub

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Real Food by Mike
Serves
4
Photographer
Alan Benson

Most people would look at this recipe and think it should be called a fool, but it is a syllabub because it has the addition of alcohol. That’s the only difference. Make sure to look for the smaller mandarins with a thin skin, as imperials can often be too tough and dry.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 mandarins, zested and juiced
100ml white wine
1 tablespoon brandy
1 rosemary sprig
50g caster sugar
2 titanium-strength gelatine leaves, softened with water, then excess water squeezed out
200ml thickened cream

Method

  1. In a bowl, combine the citrus zests and juices, wine, brandy and rosemary and leave to macerate overnight.
  2. The next day, strain the mixture into a saucepan and add the sugar and the softened gelatine. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, making sure not to let the mixture boil. Leave to cool to room temperature.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the bowl of an electric mixer and add the cream. Whisk on high speed to medium peaks then pour into four glasses. Refrigerate for 1 hour to set before serving.

Medicinal Benefit

  • Like all citrus fruits, mandarins are a rich source of vitamin C, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants. Mandarins also contain pectin, which prevents cholesterol absorption in the gut. Then there’s rosemary, which is not only a good source of vitamins A and C, but also of rosmarinic acid. The antioxidant power of this is stronger than even that of vitamin E in helping prevent cell damage. White wine contains trace substances that can actually lower artery-clogging LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol. It also contributes caffeic acid, a feature of the healthy, so-called ‘Mediterranean diet’ and associated with a reduced incidence of heart disease. Brandy, a distillation of red wine, contains a high concentration of antioxidants; 30 ml of brandy provides the same antioxidant potential as the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
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