Lemon Posset

This Lemon Posset is an incredibly easy dessert to make but it can be very rich,  I serve mine up in small dishes (ok, so I normally end up eating two) and serve them with a fruit sauce made from raspberries to help cut through the richness.  You can also sprinkle some caster sugar on the top and caramelise it using a cook’s torch to make a cheats crème brûlée.   

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A Posset originates from as far back as the 1600’s and has changed quite considerably over the years.  It started off its days as more of a drink made from milk or cream which had been enriched with sugar and alcohol rather than the citrus fruits we use today.

In my photos, I have decorated the possets with sugar-coated red currants.  If you fancy doing this then

  • dip your fruit lightly into some beaten egg white,
  • shake off as much as you can and then
  • coat the fruit in caster sugar.
  • Arrange on a cooling rack to dry. 

How to store the posset

This dessert keeps well in the fridge until the next day but any longer and the lemon juice will start to separate from the cream.  Still tastes good though.


Easy & Quick Lemon Posset

This easy lemon posset is a quick treat for guests or family. Try my recipe.
5 from 1 vote
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine British
Servings 6 small servings


  • 600 ml double cream
  • 150 g caster sugar
  • Juice of 2 lemons

  • Zests of 1 lemon


  • Put the cream and sugar into a large pan and slowly bring to the boil, stirring constantly.

  • Continue to boil gently for a couple more minutes, being careful not to let the cream boil up and over the edge of your pan.

  • Remove from the heat and add the lemon juice (I strain my juice to remove any bits).

  • Stir together until well combined and leave to cool for 5 minutes.

  • Pour into individual serving dishes and refrigerate until thick.

  • Serve with shortbread.


Serve with fresh raspberries or sugar frosted red currants to help cut through the richness of the dessert.
Keyword drink
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Hi, I am Susan. I love the art of cooking and I love life! Also am keen to inspire you and try out new ways of cooking. Here on My Golden Pear I write about the latest food trends, recipes and share my travel discoveries. As I am German by birth, you will also find many authentic German recipes here. Enjoy!

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