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This recipe is classed as easy

Rating 3.56 / 5 (666 votes)

Prep time:
10 min
Cook time:
5 min, plus 3 hours chilling time

Using just three ingredients, James Martin's lemon posset couldn't be easier


1. Put the double cream in a large pan with the sugar. Bring slowly to the boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Take it off the heat, add the lemon juice and zest and whisk well.

2. Pour into 6 ramekins and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Sprinkle with the pared lemon zest before serving.


  • 600 ml double cream
  • 140 g caster sugar
  • 2 large lemons, juice and grated zest

To serve:

  • 1 large lemon, pared zest only

Tips and suggestions

This recipe works well with James Martin's shortbread recipe.

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Latest Comment


can you freeze this?

marguerite 1 marguerite 1  Posted 07 Aug 2014 11:38 AM

wonderful recipe, agree about unwaxed lemons. Make more for seconds if required!

Sue 167 Sue 167  Posted 14 Jan 2012 3:57 PM

Managed to purchase unwaxed lemons at Morrisons!!

JohnR16542 JohnR16542  Posted 31 Jul 2011 10:34 AM

Buy unwaxed lemons instead John! They're available at all supermarkets. Alternatively, give your waxed lemons a scrub with a vegetable brush to remove the wax.

Charlotte - Good Food Charlotte - Good Food Posted 27 Jul 2011 10:47 AM

Sounds great for a dinner party but i find it so difficult to get zest from lemons coated with wax!! any suggestions?

JohnR16542 JohnR16542 Posted 26 Jul 2011 3:55 PM

So easy to make.....sprinkle with chocolate flakes too

PaulS82638 PaulS82638 Posted 20 Mar 2011 11:27 AM

so easy to make and absolutely delicious with the added shortbread my guests thought I had been slaving in the kitchen all day.

ElizabethT39127 ElizabethT39127 Posted 19 Feb 2011 9:39 AM


julieM22925 julieM22925 Posted 28 Feb 2010 7:29 AM

fulfills all its promises, quick , simple , deliceous.

davidB76518 davidB76518 Posted 08 Jan 2010 2:38 PM

I make this very often and each time it's fantastic, and soooo easy and quick to make, waiting for it to chill is the hard bit!

Tabitha71 Tabitha71 Posted 12 Mar 2009 6:31 PM

I tried this recipe and it is really nice, the second time i tried it with oranges instead of lemons (i did add 2 teaspoons of orange extract as well to the ingredients) Really nice option....

BrendaP69674 BrendaP69674 Posted 03 Mar 2009 12:27 PM

Absolutely delicious

Roboli Roboli Posted 09 Dec 2008 9:46 PM