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Knickerbocker Glory Dessert
Knickerbocker Glory - A Great Summer Treat
A knickerbocker glory ice cream dessert was the greatest summer treat in the world when I was a child. Not only was it Big with a capital B, it was also expensive.
When we were visiting the seaside and sitting in an ice cream parlour, I would look longingly at other people, particularly kids, eating knickerbocker glories. They were served in tall cone shaped glasses and had to be eaten with an especially long spoon that reached right to the bottom.
It was something that neither my mother, nor anybody else I knew, ever made at home but very occasionally (not even once a year!), my grandmother would buy me one. I thought it was the height of luxury.
Now, ice cream isn't such an expensive luxury as it was when I was a kid so a knickerbocker glory is affordable and it's surprisingly easy and quick to make particularly as none of the ingredients need cooking, as you can see in the recipe below.
Make a Knickerbocker Glory
The ingredients are flexible - choose whatever you like best and vary quantities according to the number of Knickerbocker Glories you are making. Here are some suggestions.
2 different coloured ice creams, eg vanilla and strawberry
Ice cream syrups or sauces, perhaps 2 or 3 different flavours
Summer fruit, eg blueberries, strawberries, raspberries
Jello (jelly) dessert, make it according to instructions and then chop it up into small pieces
The Knickerbocker Glory is very simple to make. Just layer your ingredients in glasses except for the whipped cream. This usually is put on top although you can top it with ice cream instead.
Decorate with chopped nuts, or one of the berries, an ice cream wafer or whatever takes your fancy.
Neapolitan Ice Cream - Tip - You can use this in a Knickerbocker Glory
Instead of buying separate colours or flavours of ice cream, you could just buy one carton of Neapolitan ice cream.
Fruit Desserts Cookbook
Fruit desserts are the very essence of summer. This great cookbook is filled with delicious seasonal fruit recipes so you can enjoy them all year but without paying extra for imported or hothouse fruit.
Have You Eaten a Knickerbocker Glory? - Or is this Dessert One You've Never Eaten?
Have you ever eaten a Knickerbocker Glory?
Dishes for a Knickerbocker Glory - These Glass Dishes are the Right Shape
At 7ins, these glass dishes aren't as tall as the traditional British Knickerbocker Glory dish, but they are tall enough to take layers of fruit, ice cream and flavoured syrup. They are also the correct shape - very important in my opinion.