Lemon Posset

Yield: 6 individual possets
Recipe: 72/200
“Back to Baking”, pp. 207


    Who doesn’t love a good lemon dessert? It feels light, refreshing and tends to make you feel less guilty than eating a piece of double chocolate cake with caramel frosting. Simply put, this dessert is one of the simplest, fastest and most scrumptious desserts that I have ever made. It takes less than 5 minutes to make and best of all requires no baking! With its rich lemon flavour it is sure to be a people-pleaser wherever you may bring them. The texture of this egg-less custard is just perfect: soft and firm at the same time and almost pudding-like. Heavenly, I say!


  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup sour cream (not low-fat !)
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a small saucepot, whisk together the whipping cream, sour cream, sugar and lemon zest over medium-low heat just until the sugar has melted.
  2. Remove the pot from heat and stir in the lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour this mixture into 6 serving dishes (glass or ceramic) and let it set at least 6 hours, up to 24 hours.

Notes from Anna:

  • Since this custard is not baked and contains no eggs, its consistency is more fluid than a traditional set custard. It is eaten with a spoon and turns fluid once stirred.