This is the easiest lemon dessert I have ever made, it uses only three ingredients and will always impress guests.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a saucepan, stir together 3 cups of cream and sugar. Bring to a boil, and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the lemon juice. Pour into serving glasses, and refrigerate until set, about 5 hours. Pour a little more cream over the tops just before serving.

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Nutrition Facts

729.9 calories; 3.9 g protein; 61.2 g carbohydrates; 207.9 mg cholesterol; 59.6 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/10/2008
This is my new favorite dessert. As others suggested I cut the sugar to 1 cup & added the zest of one lemon. I served it in small antique sundae glasses & topped with a splash of cream 3 raspberries & a sprig of mint. All my friends were impressed & I raved about the fresh lemon flavor. Everyone wanted the recipe. I had no problems with it setting up. However as I was making it I thought it would be a great ice cream. Just cool then put in the ice cream maker. Even if it is a custard consistency you can still make ice cream with it. I might try this with lime too & serve it after a Mexican meal. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/26/2009
I think I would have rated this higher if after 7 hours in the fridge the center wasn't still mostly liquid. Perhaps it has something to do with the way I juice my lemons (with a potato ricer) and that gets more juice out of them - I would guess that might change the consistency. It would be good to know what the 'juice of one lemon' equals to in measurements. Just a thought. Read More
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67 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 43
  • 4 star values: 17
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
07/09/2008
This is my new favorite dessert. As others suggested I cut the sugar to 1 cup & added the zest of one lemon. I served it in small antique sundae glasses & topped with a splash of cream 3 raspberries & a sprig of mint. All my friends were impressed & I raved about the fresh lemon flavor. Everyone wanted the recipe. I had no problems with it setting up. However as I was making it I thought it would be a great ice cream. Just cool then put in the ice cream maker. Even if it is a custard consistency you can still make ice cream with it. I might try this with lime too & serve it after a Mexican meal. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2008
This was smooth rich tangy overall AMAZING! And it was so easy to make! I used some fresh Meyer lemons and Trader Joe's heavy cream- when a recipe has only three ingredients quality of ingredients becomes very important. The whole family loved it from my husband to my four year old. I also made the Lemon Meltaways from this site and they were a perfect companion to the posset. I will definitely put this in my repertoire of recipes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2006
I tried this recipe after my Mother ( who cannot cook to save her life sorry Mom) tried it and failed. I don't even like lemony thing But this is brilliant and you deserve praise. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/19/2009
Delicious as written! I have a SAFTY HINT for this recipe. Since the lemon, cream, sugar mixture is extremely hot as you pour it into your dessert dishes, I have thought of a safe way to put the hot dessert dishes into the fridge without getting burned. Place the empty dessert dishes in a low sided baking dish or tray, when filling them with the posset mixture. Once you have filled all of the dishes, pick up the baking dish and slide it into the fridge. This way you don't have to worry about getting burned, from the hot mixture, when picking up each dessert dish and putting it in the fridge individually. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
Wow! Lemon Posset where have you been all my life? What a sweet pleasure this dessert is. It does soften rather quickly upon removing from the refrigerator but I remedied that by freezing it for just a few hours before serving. It doesn't harden too much but stays firm much longer. I did add the zest of one of the lemons because it seemed to be screaming for that. By the way one recipe makes about 32 oz which is helpful if you're trying to divide the mixture equally between serving dishes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/08/2008
Super easy and delicious. I added lemon zest and I would reduce the sugar next time. Too sweet. But otherwise - awesome! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/08/2012
This was lovely. I boiled mine for three minutes until it began to thicken on the sides of the pan but given that there is no flour it sets into a thick creme rather than a custard even after leaving it overnight. The recipe gets four stars for specifying number of lemons rather than spoons or mls of lemon juice because the size of people's lemons can differ. This may be the reason why people were complaining the recipe is too tart or sweet. To overcome this simply taste the mixture as you add lemon juice and adjust accordingly. I added vanilla to mine- you could add a vanilla bean at the beginning I didn't as it was the first time trying the recipe. Some people suggested using lemon zest- I do not like the "marmalade effect" so I put two strips of peel in at the beginning so I could extract the lemon oils and then easily fish the peel out when I added the juice. I will try this again with different flavours such as lime or orange with a spoonful of cocoa (chocolate-orange creme). It would also lend itself well to floral notes such as a hint of rosewater or for something really unique pandan extract which I have used successfully with lemon yoghurt. Maybe orange blossom water or limoncello would be nice too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2008
I'm not a total lemon dessert lover but when I saw the recipe I thought I'd try it. (I have to admit the picture definitely caught my attention.) I halved the recipe. I'm not sure if that affected how it set or if I should have put it in serving glasses (I just poured it all in a bowl). It didn't set entirely even after the time suggested. When I first tried it it was WAY sweet and I almost threw it away. Someone suggested to me to freeze it which I did and found it much more edible. If I make it again and whether I freeze it or not I will definitely cut the sugar down. Had I not frozen it I would've given this recipe 3 stars. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2008
Sensational flavor and shockingly easy. The smooth creaminess blends with the lemon tart flavor for a truly refreshing dessert. I only made 1/3 of the recipe since it was too hard to justify eating so much decadence all by myself (though I easily could have eaten more!). This one is a keeper! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/26/2009
I think I would have rated this higher if after 7 hours in the fridge the center wasn't still mostly liquid. Perhaps it has something to do with the way I juice my lemons (with a potato ricer) and that gets more juice out of them - I would guess that might change the consistency. It would be good to know what the 'juice of one lemon' equals to in measurements. Just a thought. Read More
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