5 Ingredients or Fewer

Lemon Posset

February  7, 2010
5 Ratings
Author Notes

I’ve been intrigued by Lemon Posset recipes for a while now. In Ye Olde English days of yore, it was a milk drink thickened with wine. My Posset recipe is so simple, as they all are, really. Using just three ingredients, it seems almost magical, setting up immediately. The wonders of food science in front of your very eyes. Curdled milk never tasted so good. —mrslarkin

Test Kitchen Notes

This recipe is a wonder of science. It's the perfect thing for anyone who may be fearful of making custard but harbors a weakness -- as we do -- for this sort of milky, comforting, nursery-food. Flavor-wise, it's like a creamier, less aggressive version of lemon curd, and it's rich enough that a small amount goes a long way. Do be careful that the cream doesn't boil over -- we watched it like a hawk, but it still managed to catch us by surprise! - A&M —The Editors

  • Serves 4
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice
In This Recipe
  1. In a small saucepan, heat cream and sugar to boiling, stirring to dissolve sugar. Continue boiling for 5 minutes. Watch the heat - don’t let the cream boil over.
  2. Remove pan from heat and stir in lemon juice. Let cool, about 15 minutes.
  3. Pour even amounts into four ramekins. Refrigerate at least 2 hours, or until set.
  4. Serve with unsweetened whipped cream, or shortbread cookies to dunk.
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