When I was a kid there was a particular dessert called a Sundae. Its hard to be exact about exactly what one was but we had them on holiday, and, well, on a Sunday too. It really was quite confusing as a nipper, what with two different spellings of a word that sounded the same!
So, Sundaes. Yes. Basically I think they were [ and are ] ice-cream with fruit or sauce or often both. The Sundaes I remember the most are Peach Melba, Banana Split and the daddy of them all, Knickerbocker Glory. With a name like that you could build empires!
Peach Melba was vanilla ice cream with peaches and some of that delicious peachy syrup from the can. It came in a half globe glass bowl on a stem. Heaven.
Banana Split was a big boat of a thing with a mountain of ice cream and whipped cream flanked by two halves of banana like two subs circling an ice berg. The whole heap was drizzled with chocolate sauce and sprinkled with chopped nuts. The entire shabang was served on a cigar shaped dish or glass bowl. Bliss.
Knickerbocker Glory, the mothership of Sundaes, came in a tall thick cut glass vase at least a foot tall. You paid handsomely for this bad boy but the pain was worth it. The Glory was layer upon layer of ice cream alternated with tinned fruit like peaches, strawberries, grapes and pear.
The vast column was crowned with a mop of whipped cream and pomaded with nuts and raspberry sauce. A long spoon unique to the Knickerbocker was the final bit of kit. The dessert of choice at our own wedding, the Glory is quite simply the Nuclear Ferry of sweets.
All of the above concoctions of delight were liberally peppered with garnish like chopped nuts, chocolate sauce, raspberry sauce, chocolate sprinkles and hundreds and thousands in various amounts and combinations. Tinned fruit was critical and without a cut glass stemmed bowl it just wasn't a Sundae.
Great pretenders came along now and then like ice-cream floats, mixed ice, Bird's dream topping with strawberries and fools of various types, but they were misguided and everyday. Compared to Sundaes, they were, well, just fools!
What was or is your favourite Sundae or ice-cream dessert readers?