Citrus Sundaes

Citrus Marshmallow sundaes

We all know what a Sundae is, and I am sure we have all secretly had one at some stage in our lives even those of us who are now on the healthy no sugar road.   Call back the past my friends, and splash out with these untraditional Citrus Marshmallow Sundaes with a ginger biscuit base.   I’ve made it so easy that even the most challenged cooks can make them and impress.  Buy all the ingredients and layer them in three easy steps and you are good to go .

For those of you who may be unfamiliar with a sundae, it is a sweet ice cream dessert. It typically consists of one or more scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings of your choice like sprinkles, whipped cream, nuts and fruit.

Citrus marshmallow sundae

This is my version of a Citrus Marshmallow Sundae. You may argue that these are not typically sundaes, but  call them what you wish –  make this dessert in three ways, deconstructed, in a glass or as a stack. You can buy lemon curd at any grocery store, or you can make my Lemon Curd or Ginger Grapefruit Curd, and whip it into store bought vanilla ice cream.  The Lemon Curd ice cream has a tart yet sweet flavour, and the Ginger Grapefruit, my all time favourite, has a wonderful ginger flavour without being overpowering. I can’t get enough of these, and the ice cream is so tasty you will be lucky if it makes it to the table.  Because of the addition of the curd, the ice cream is  permanently soft and creamy, and the taste is sensational.

Easy as 1 – 2 – 3

  • Blend your choice of biscuits until crumbs form and add the melted butter to form a  crumble and place in the bottom of your glass
  • mix your citrus curd with softened ice cream and layer on top of the crumble
  • place your marshmallows on top and if you want to make it more impressive use a kitchen blow torch to blacken and melt the marshmallows, but this is not necessary.

Dig in – it’s a taste sensation

Ginger Grapefruit Sundae

Random Facts:  Believe it or not, sundaes originated from the fact that in the late 19th Century laws in the USA restricted the sale of soda waters on Sundays, so those looking for their ice cream soda fix on Sundays were out of luck. I’m wondering why on earth they would do that? Too many bubbles for a Sunday?  However soon soda shops around the country got around the problem by taking the soda out and instead adding syrup directly onto ice cream. People loved them so much that when the laws were lifted the ice cream sundae stayed.

Deconstructed citrus marshmallow sundae


Citrus Marshmallow Sundaes
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins

A kitchen blowtorch is needed for these easy sundaes.  Everything can be store bought so will only take you a few minutes to assemble

Course: Dessert
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Shades of Cinnamon
  • 1 Litre store bought vanilla ice cream
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups store bought lemon curd (or my recipe for lemon curd or Grapefruit and Ginger curd featured in the blog post)
  • 1 pkt ginger biscuits, crushed ( or plain sweet)
  • 12 large store bought marshmallows
  • 3 Tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Soften the ice cream slightly and add the curd . Mix until combined.

  2. Put into a freezer proof container and set in freezer for at least 2 hours

  3. Blend the biscuits under nice size crumbs are formed , add melted butter and mix, then divide it between 4 glasses. 

  4. Scoop the lemon curd ice cream on top of the crumbs and top each one with 2 or 3 marshmallows

  5. With the blowtorch quickly caramelise the marshmallows.  




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  • Reply ratna June 23, 2017 at 5:05 AM

    Yup, looks like challenged dessert cooks like moi, can manage this as you said. I’m guessing the lemons are from your garden. What is the beautiful leaf Ev? Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Shades of Cinnamon June 23, 2017 at 8:58 AM

      Hi Ratna, the leaf is a Rose Geranium which has the most beautiful smell. It is great for making oils for massage.

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