English Lemon Posset


Recipe excerpted from Modern Comfort Food by Ina Garten. With four tablespoons of limoncello and a generous amount of lemon zest, this is the perfect sweet for lemon dessert lovers.

English Lemon Posset
Photo: Carson Downing
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 40 mins
3 1/2 cups


  • 3 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (2 to 3 lemons)

  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

  • cup lemon juice

  • 4 tablespoon limoncello liqueur

  • 1 cup fresh raspberries

  • 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries


  1. Combine the cream, 1 cup of the sugar, the lemon zest, and salt in a medium saucepan.* Bring to a boil over medium-high, stirring with a wooden spoon to dissolve the sugar. Lower heat to a vigorous simmer and cook 6 minutes, without stirring. (Watch the mixture carefully. If it begins to boil up toward the edge, take the pan off the heat for a few seconds before continuing to simmer.)

  2. Off the heat, stir in the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the limoncello; set aside 20 minutes. Strain mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a 4-cup glass measuring cup, pressing on zest to release as much liquid as possible. Discard zest. Divide mixture evenly among six 8- to 10-ounce glasses or bowls. Refrigerate, uncovered, 3 hours or until firm. Or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate up to 3 days.

  3. Thirty minutes before serving, combine raspberries, strawberries, the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and limoncello in a bowl and allow to macerate. To serve, spoon the berries and their juices onto the custards. Serves 6.


Don't use a saucepan smaller than 6 inches round and 5 inches tall.


Zest the lemons with a rasp. Cold, firm lemons are easier to zest than soft ones.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

597 Calories
44g Fat
47g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 597
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 44g 56%
Saturated Fat 28g 140%
Cholesterol 136mg 45%
Sodium 80mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Total Sugars 44g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 26.7mg 134%
Calcium 91mg 7%
Iron 0.4mg 2%
Potassium 198mg 4%
Fatty acids, total trans 1g
Folate, total 17.7mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.2mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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