Regency romances often feature dinner parties or picnics, allowing the characters to eat some of the popular foods of the period. One of the best loved Regency desserts was syllabub. So, as the sun is shining here in England - at last! - here's a Regency recipe that's just right for summer.
55 g caster sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 teaspoon each finely grated lemon and orange zest
2 tablespoon brandy
275 ml double cream
125 ml white wine or a mixture of sherry and white wine
Sprinkle the sugar with the nutmeg, grated lemon and orange zest and the brandy. Leave overnight.
Whip the cream until firm, then add the flavoured sugar mixture. Whisk again until the cream is thick.
Add the wine, whip the syllabub again until smooth. Taste. Sweeten it with a little extra sugar, if desired.
Spoon into glasses or serving dishes and chill for several hours.
Serve with macaroons.