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Catholic Recipe: Ice Cream Cup St. James I


  • 2 -4 kinds of fruit, such as seedless grapes, banana, peach, blueberries, pineapple, orange
  • raspberries
  • 2 -3 kinds of ice cream or sorbet or Italian ice
  • Kirsch fruit liqueur
  • whipped cream
  • Optional:
  • Details

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Difficulty:
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: n/a
  • Origin:

Also Called: Coupe Saint-Jacques; Coupe St. Jacques

A coupe is nothing more than a dressed-up sundae served in a stemmed glass. Although the combination of ice creams with various flavors is common in America, the idea and, of course, the name are of French origin. In France coupes are almost invariably served in champagne glasses. In this country, however, tall, narrow parfait glasses, wine or sherbet glasses are commonly used for this dessert. Before serving time arrange ice cream by spoonfuls vertically in a serving glass.

Coupe St. Jacques is two or three kinds of fruit with two or three kinds of ice cream neatly arranged in deep glasses, flavored with liqueur and garnished with whipped cream. This is a dessert for James, Jacqueline, Jacquette, Jaime, Seumas or Shamus.

The symbol of St. James the Great, the Apostle of Spain, is a scalloped shell, or a white horse with a white banner.

St. James' shield is red with three gold cockle or scallop shells, two above and one below, narrow end upward. The shell in Christian art signifies pilgrimage. A white horse with a white banner and cross and sword for martyrdom are additional symbols that might be used.


Chop up fruit, add a few ounces of Kirsch and macerate the fruit (except raspberries) for a few hours. Neatly arrange ice cream and fruit in deep glasses, and garnish with whipped cream and add raspberries on top. Enjoy!

Recipe Source: My Nameday — Come for Dessert by Helen McLoughlin, The Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, 1962
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