Lemon Posset

Celebrate St. George’s Day with this effortlessly easy lemon posset recipe. Served with shortbread biscuits and fresh berries, these make the ultimate spring/summer dessert. 


I’m celebrating St. George’s Day this year with these delicious lemon posset. A very quintessentially English dessert. I love serving these creamy, tangy dessert pots with buttery shortbread biscuits and berries. Lemon posset is a exceptionally simple recipe to make as it only requires three ingredients and all you have to do is boil the mixture in a pan, then sieve in a jug and pour into ramekins or serving cups.

Although they’re simple to make, they really do look impressive when you apply the finishing touches. I find piping each pot with vanilla whipped cream and topping with fresh berries makes this a restaurant worthy dessert.


(Makes 2 large servings – double or triple the recipe to make more posset)


Lemon Posset:

300ml (1/2 pint) double cream

Zest and juice from 1 and 1/2 lemons

75g caster sugar


125g unsalted butter, softened

55g caster sugar

180g plain flour


1. To make the lemon posset: Place the double cream, lemon zest and sugar in a medium saucepan. Boil the mixture for 3 minutes. After 3 minutes, take the pan off the heat and add the lemon juice. Now sieve the creamy mixture into a jug. Pour into 4 ramekins or small cups. Leave to set in the fridge for at least 4 hours or overnight if you want to make these in advance. Serve chilled.

3. To make the shortbread biscuits: Preheat your oven to 190C / 170 Fan / 375F / Gas Mark 5. Cream the softened butter and sugar until smooth. Fold in the flour and mix into a soft dough. Roll out to 1cm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut into rounds or a shape of choice. If you like sprinkle each biscuit with a little extra caster sugar and then spread the biscuits out evenly on two lined baking trays. Chill the biscuits in the fridge for 20 minutes.

3. Once chilled bake the shortbread for 15-20 minutes or until lightly golden. Allow the biscuits to cool on the tray for a few minutes and then transport them to a wire rack to finish cooling completely. Sprinkle with extra caster sugar or even a dusting of icing sugar prior to serving.

Recipe Notes:

  • The lemon posset quanities can be doubled or even tripled to make more.
  • Once the lemon posset mixture has boiled for 3 minutes you don’t have to sieve the mixture before pouring into your serving dishes. I sieve the mixture because I don’t like the texture of the zest because it hasn’t been cooked enough, however if you don’t mind it you can leave the zest in.
  • Shortbread biscuits will store in an airtight container for up to one week.

Lemon posset recipe from The Great British Farmhouse Cookbook



54 thoughts on “Lemon Posset

  1. I’m not familiar with possets, but I clearly need to learn because these look awesome, Jess! I wish we celebrated St. George’s Day here in the States…if nothing else than for the fact that it would be a great excuse to make this tasty dessert. Well done!!

  2. Jess, these look absolutely gorgeous. The photos are simply stunning.

    I have a blogging question that I hope you can answer. How do you get the pin button at in the corner of your images, I would love to know? Many thanks Julie. x

  3. What a classy and easy dessert!! Just looks delicious and creamy! I love the crunchy touch of the cookies.

  4. I’ve never heard of a posset before but it sounds so easy to whip up and so delicious! I’m a sucker for anything accompanied by shortbread, so this recipe is a definite winner. My mom grew up in Wimbledon, do you ever make strawberries and cream? I had it a while back when I visited and the cream was so luscious and rich! I would love to recreate it for her sometime.

    • Thank you! Lemon posset is an amazing dessert – really easy to make! 😀 Shortbread definitely makes a great addition to a dessert plate. I absolutely adore strawberries and cream – I usually share quite a few recipes on the blog in the summer months using those ingredients! I will definitely share my recipes for you to make for your mom! 😀

  5. Love the look of these – and how easy they are to make! Love desserts like this, especially in the summer time, yum yum!

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