Lemon Posset is a Classic English dessert dating back to the Middle Ages. The modern version is chilled, with a velvety smooth texture that magically congeals with only three ingredients – cream, sugar, and lemon. Unlike Lady Macbeth who drugged King Duncan’s guards with poisoned posset, you can WOW your guests with this simple to make and elegant dessert from Cooks Illustrated.
Ingredients for Classic English Lemon Posset:
As previously indicated, I used three basic ingredients for this luscious dessert: Heavy cream, granulated sugar, and lemons. I used both lemon zest and lemon juice from the lemons.
Making the Classic English Lemon Posset:
First, I stirred together the cream, sugar, and lemon zest in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
Then, I heated the mixture to boiling, stirring frequently until the sugar had dissolved. I continued boiling the mixture over medium heat for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally to reduce the liquid to about 2 cups.
Next, I removed the pan from the heat, and stirred in the lemon juice. I allowed the mixture to sit, undisturbed for about 20 minutes. During this time, the mixture cooled a bit, and started to thicken.
After 20 minutes, I strained the Posset mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a large measuring cup.
The reason that I used the measuring cup was that it made pouring the Posset mixture into individual serving dishes easy.
I ended up with four silky-smooth Classic English Lemon Possets. For serving, I topped the Lemon Posset with some whipped cream, and a raspberry. This has to be one of the easiest and most delicious desserts I’ve ever made. Yum!