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Verses from my Kitchen: Vanilla and Lemon Posset

November 25, 2010

Vanilla and Lemon Posset

I made this dessert once years ago and then completely forgot all about it. That says more about my memory than the quality of this dessert. This could very well be the easiest dessert you've ever attempted and yet the result is elegant enough to tell your guests you spent hours on it. It's soft and rich and refreshing. It's also absolutely fantastic.

Recently I tripped over the recipe and it awakened my memory. I recalled a sweet, tangy and refreshing dessert and flavours that bounced ar ound on my tongue. It was a citrus delight to my senses and I had to make it. That's just what I did.

I've had a few people ask me recently for a recipe that someone unfamiliar with the kitchen could handle. They wanted something quick and painless. They wanted something simple and delicious. This is that recipe. It's guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It does exactly that to me.

This is the story of 3 ingredients that give you the taste of a lemon tart with the smooth consistency of Crème Brûlée. It's a thickened cream treat and a citrus explosion tucked neatly in a ramekin. It's also tonight's dessert.

Vanilla-Lemon Posset:
(recipe adapted from "3 chefs: The Kitchen Men")

Yields: 4

The Goods:
2 cups heavy whipping cream (35%)
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup lemon juice, plus zest of 1 lemon
1 vanilla bean
Fresh fruit, for garnish
Icing sugar, for garnish


1. In a medium pot, combine cream, sugar, zest and vanilla and bring to a simmer. Stir occasionally to dissolve the sugar..

2. Remove from the heat and stir in the lemon juice. Remove vanilla bean and pour the mixture into 4 ramekins or cups and refrigerate for at least 4 hours.

3. Garnish with berries and a dusting of icing sugar. Serve.

Vanilla-Lemon Posset


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At November 25, 2010 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Rosemary said...

love this one, going to give it a go for dessert on saturday when chesley is here

At November 26, 2010 at 9:09 AM , Blogger Sadik Ali said...

Ohhh those really look lovely. I love the calmness of vanilaand freshness of lemon. This is so perfect :)

At November 26, 2010 at 10:00 AM , Blogger bakinginlisbon said...

Being easy to make doesn't mean it's not delicious!

At November 26, 2010 at 11:58 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Thanks Tes. It's a relaxed and refreshing option. Great flavour combination.

BakingLisbon: thank you for dropping in. I appreciate the comment!

At November 26, 2010 at 5:15 PM , Blogger Carolyn said...

I'm intrigued, I've never heard of posset. But it certainly sounds light and citrusy and delicious.

At November 26, 2010 at 6:41 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

Carolyn, it's not very well known but if people got a taste of it they'd be making it all the time. Besides, it's easier than any dessert I've ever made.

At November 28, 2010 at 12:42 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This looks great. I'm excited that I can eat this, normally wonderful desserts like this are off limits to me b/c of the gelatin. Looking forward to trying this one out.

At November 28, 2010 at 9:43 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

I hope you enjoy it! I can only imagine how difficult it is finding great food with certain food-restrictions. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

At November 28, 2010 at 2:52 PM , Blogger Lynn @ I'll Have What She's Having said...

If I had cream I'd make this right now!

At November 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

I wish you did. You'd love how simple a dessert like this can taste. Thanks for taking the time to drop in.

At November 29, 2010 at 1:26 PM , Blogger briarrose said...

Lovely! Sometimes the simple dishes really just hit the spot.

At November 30, 2010 at 11:38 AM , Blogger Michael Lewicki said...

It's funny how that works, isn't it? Thanks for coming by again!


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