Perfect lemon posset

A posset is a medieval drink that has made a comeback in recent times as a set dessert. It is velvety smooth and refreshing. You can top it with fresh berries, toasted flaked almonds or some pared lemon zest if you want to be fancy.

Perfect lemon posset

Perfect lemon posset

Sat, Feb 9, 2019, 06:00

  • Serves: 4
  • Cooking Time: 35 mins
  • Course: Dessert
  • Cuisine: British


  • 550ml double cream 
  • 130g golden caster sugar
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice 


Put the cream in a saucepan with the sugar and gently heat, stirring vigilantly, until the sugar has melted. Be careful as this can boil over very quickly.

Bring slowly to the boil and simmer for 5 minutes. Stir in the lemon zest and juice. 

Turn off the heat and divide between pots, ramekins or glasses and cool to room temperature. 

Carefully cover and chill for at least three hours, or up to 24 hours.