This easy and delicious Lemon Posset Recipe is the perfect summer dessert. A lemony indulgence that is citrusy, creamy, and refreshing all in one bite!

I love that there are so many takes on this traditional British dessert! This is a classic variation that you won’t believe how easy it is to make!

I’m a big fan of lemon desserts. In fact, “big” fan would be a massive understatement and would not give my lemon fanatical ways enough justice. So when I first was introduced to Lemon Posset, I knew it was going to be a match made in heaven.

Once you try this recipe, you’re going to absolutely love making it: easy, beautiful, and delicious! Ready? Let’s make some cutie pie Lemon Possets!

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert that will impress your guests, look no further than this classic lemon posset.

This refreshing dessert is a delightful combination of creamy and tangy, perfect for any occasion. With just three ingredients and minimal effort, you can create a luxurious treat that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Not to mention it is the easiest dessert to serve to a larger gathering – perfect for summer get togethers and dinner parties. I truly love this recipe because the presentation is just the thing to leave guests really in awe of your culinary abilities (with very little effort!).

If you love lemon recipes (like me) – you’ve gotta try my lemon thyme cake made with olive oil! Oh, and you will LOVE my orange cake made with orange curd or try orange marmalade!

History of Posset Recipes:

Original posset was a British drink made from curdled milk and served hot with spices…but I promise this is not what it is today!

Cream and sugar were eventually added along with citrus and the dessert became what it is today: a creamy and velvety lemon dessert that you’ll love to make

If you’re looking for a quick and easy dessert that will impress your guests, look no further than this classic lemon posset. 

What is Lemon Posset?

Lemon posset is a velvety, citrus-flavored dessert that dates back to medieval times.

Originally a hot drink made with milk curdled by wine or ale, it evolved into a rich, creamy pudding set with lemon juice.

The acidity of the lemon thickens the cream, resulting in a silky and smooth texture that melts in your mouth.


Why I love this Easy Recipe

Not only is this one of the most aesthetically pleasing desserts to make (especially if you use the lemon as the serving dish!), it is truly SO easy.

Yes, the chill time might be a little longer, but if you have a dinner party, making these the night before would be a perfect night time ritual!

If you have birthdays, bridal showers or baby showers coming up, this is the best lemon posset recipe you will find. The simple ingredients only call for lemons, sugar, and cream!

Baker’s Tip: Using high quality cream and lemons will be crucial to this recipe! With only three main ingredients, ensuring they are high quality will elevate your dessert. 

Variation Options

I love this recipe because you can adjust the flavors according to your preference. Not a lemon fan? Try using blood orange or grapefruit! The tanginess of the citrus juice paired with the cream is what really makes this dessert amazing.

Other citrus varieties that would be great would be orange and lime – so refreshing! Can’t you just picture a beach day followed by orange posset? The perfect ending to a perfect day! But if we’re being honest, I have been dreaming of infusing the cream with lavender in addition to the lemon! Try it and let us know how it goes?

Lemon Posset Ingredients

2 cups Heavy Cream

3/4 cup Granulated White Sugar

2 Ripe Lemons (regular is best, but meyer lemons would be delicious, too!)

Lemon Zest 


Directions

  1. Combine 2 cups cream and sugar in a small saucepan. Stir together and bring to a gentle boil, then cook for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat. Stir in lemon juice.
  2. Hollow out the pulp of the lemon to use as the serving dish for the final dessert. If you can find lemons with leaves, it will make the presentation even cuter!
  3. Pour cream mixture into lemon cups or small ramekins and refrigerate until set, about 5 hours. But, after a couple of hours, you should see the mixture start to set. 
  4. Put on the finishing touches – like fresh mint or lavender, and serve. I like to add extra lemon zest on top, too! 

The Recipe

Lemon Posset

Lemon posset is a velvety, citrus-flavored dessert perfect for summer! You won't believe how easy it is to make this beautiful dessert with just three ingredients!
Prep — 15 minutes
Cook — 3 minutes
Chill Time — 5 hours
Serves — 8

Ingredients  

Lemon Posset

  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • ¾ cup Granulated White Sugar
  • 2 Juice of Ripe Lemons
  • Lemon Zest
  • 4 Lemons, Halved and Hulled

Instructions 

  • Hollow out the pulp of the 4 extra lemons to use as the serving dish for the final dessert. Alternatively, you may opt to use ramekins. Serving Tip: If you can find lemons with leaves, it will make the presentation even cuter! Set aside.
  • Combine 2 cups cream and sugar in a small saucepan. Stir together and bring to a gentle boil, cook for 2 to 3 minutes over medium heat.
  • Stir in lemon juice.
  • Pour the lemon cream mixture into hulled lemon cups or small ramekins and refrigerate until set, about 5 hours. Note: After a couple of hours, you should see the mixture start to set.
  • Put on the finishing touches – like fresh mint or lavender, and serve. I like to add extra lemon zest on top, too! Enjoy!

Notes

Note: Don’t wan’t to use so much sugar? You can adjust the amount of sugar to your liking or even add in whole vanilla bean for extra flavor. 

More Recipes for You to Try

If you are looking for more fruit-flavored cakes to indulge in, you MUST try my orange cake with a bright orange curd filling or this easy homemade strawberry cake.

This gorgeous homemade peach cake recipe topped with whipped cream cheese frosting will impress and delight your guests!

Want to bake more cakes with olive oil as an ingredient, then this lemon thyme olive oil cake is a great option to bake for a delicious snack or quick dessert.

If you want to level up your hosting skills and have a more meaningful presentation for your gorgeous cakes, dish it up with this beautiful cake server while wearing this classic apron.

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