Summer may be over, but I am having a hard time letting go! I still yearn for those long, warm summer evenings that seem to stretch on forever! So while I’m in the spirit of pure denial, I have decided to make some delicious lemon possets.

Sadly, many people skip making the dessert course, often because of the time and the possible risk involved, but these little desserts couldn’t be easier to make! With only 3 ingredients, (lemon, cream and sugar) this posset recipe is prepared in about 10 minutes and almost completely foolproof. There is absolutely no excuse not to try out one of these little pots of joy!

Originally a popular drink in the Middle Ages. Made from warm milk and honey, spiced and flavoured with ale or wine, used mainly as a remedy for colds and a sleep-aid. Posset’s even appeared in Shakespeare’s Macbeth when Lady Macbeth used a poisoned posset to knock out Duncan’s guards.

Possets have come a long way since then, creamy and sweet with a refreshing hit of lemon, it is everything that a pudding should be. Quite simply one of the best desserts you will ever eat, whether it is a warm summer evening or a cold night in on the couch!

— Al Brady


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INGREDIENTS

500ml double cream
180g sugar
2 lemons, zest and juice


METHOD

Place the double cream and caster sugar into a thick based saucepan. Place the pan over a low heat and stir the cream until all the sugar has dissolved. Bring the cream to the boil, turn down the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.

Remove the cream from the heat and whisk in the lemon zest and juice. Leave the posset mix to cool for 5 minutes, until the mixture just thickens to the consistency of light custard. Pass the posset mixture through a sieve and pour into 8 serving glasses or ramekins.

Refrigerate the possets for 3 hours or over night, until firm. Decorate and serve possets


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POSSET PONDERINGS!

Serve the possets with a few sharp, fresh raspberries and some rich buttery shortbread biscuits to dip and spread the posset over! Or take the time to decorate them with some tasty extras like lemon curd, meringue and lemon thyme to really lift this simple dessert to dizzying new heights.

It doesn’t just have to stop at lemon, you can vary the citrus depending on what time of year it is and what you fancy! Try it with lime, blood orange, mandarin or yuzu, just keep in mind you may need to adjust the sugar content to compensate for the lower acidity of some of these fruits.

You could also try infusing herbs or spices into the cream to give your possets fantastic floral notes. Rosemary, lemon thyme, lime leaf are definitely on our list!

Give this super simple lemon posset recipe a go and join me in denial! Summer isn’t over! Summer isn’t over!