Lemon Possum

Sunday, 1 April 2012

'What's for pudding?' enquired Tom.
'Lemon posset' I replied,
'Is that like a ferret?',
'No Tom, lemon posset bears absolutely no resemblance to a ferret',
'Wait, I don't mean a ferret, I mean a possum',
'Well, it isn't anything like a possum either',
'What is a possum anyway, I'll just google it',
'No you won't, sit down and have your pudding',
Tom googles regardless
'Whoa! possums are scary'
I can't resist a look
'Blimey, they are aren't they?'

Lemon posset is in fact a delectable dessert made with just three ingredients; cream, sugar and lemon juice.
It is also absurdly easy to make.
This recipe makes enough for ten small servings. It is very rich so you really don't need a lot. Having said that I managed two without any trouble at all, but you may not be as greedy as me.

Lemon Possum Posset

1 pint/ 600 ml double cream
5 oz/ 140 gm  caster sugar
juice of two lemons

Put the cream and sugar in a heavy-bottomed pan and bring slowly to the boil.
Let it bubble for just 3 minutes then take of the heat, pour in to a large jug with the lemon juice and beat together.
Pour into little ramekins or small glasses.
Chill for at least three hours. As it cools it will set.


Just three ingredients.


My cream is from a local dairy Mawley Milk. It is thicker and yellower than supermarket cream. It also has a slight tang to it rather than the bland uniformity of the supermarket stuff.


Heat the sugar and cream slowly.


Boil for three minutes.


Beat with the lemon juice.


Once cool it will have become luscious beyond belief.


And not at all like a possum.


46 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh....I want to get into this page...this looks like heaven on a spoon!!! I just hope I can find double cream here in the states!!!! Thank you for this heavenly recipe!!! As for possums ..we have them here and although not really cute...they are not a scary creature at all..I have always sort of likes them !!

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    1. Miss Holly, I think double cream is what you call heavy cream.

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  2. mmm, looks lovely and calorific. (yes I am on another diet)

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  3. Ooh, I love a good posset. It was one of my recipes for my cookery O'level meal but I can't remember when I last made or ate one, or two, or three! Henceforth however it shall be known as a possum here :D

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  4. Posset definitely looks better than the possums we have running around here. Lol. It really does look good.

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  5. UMMMM lovely, can't wait to try it.

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  6. mmmm yum. we had a similar conversation about gophers once. but it didnt result in a yummy pud afterwards.........

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  7. Just had to look up possums! The lemon posset looks delicious - I will have to try it!

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  8. Simple and delicious, what a great combination!

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  9. What is it with boys and google??
    Now off to ask one of the boys in this house to find out about possums... Ax

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  10. Thanks for another great post, Sue! The recipe is one I have never tried but your clear directions [visually and in words] convince me I could make lemon "possum" and delight my family with a delicious pudding as well as entertain them with your story of posset vs. possum!

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  11. Oh I will try this for sure. I always get disheartened when recipes mention zesting many lemons, but this one is perfectly zest-free.

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  12. Yummy. I love the smell of lemons in the kitchen when baking/cooking.

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  13. gosh..what a fabulous looking sweet..i have heard of posset but i never knew what it was..

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  14. I think I probably am as greedy as you!

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  15. A pudding I can eat - Thank You!!! (Coeliac, therefore no gluten!)

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  16. We have possums in the roof, every time we evict them they find another way in. They are very sneaky and eat all the plants in the garden. I would much prefer your posset!

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  17. as a mother I think I REALLY need a t-shirt, or a sign, or a tattoo on my forehead that says

    'justpleasesitdownandhaveyourpudding'

    is there a market do you think?

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  18. I love simple recipes, and it looks delicious too Sue. A definite must try, perhaps with some fresh raspberries on the side. Yes Possums are scary looking wee creatures but the noise they make is even worse.

    x

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  19. looks great...............always wondered what a posset was, wasn't it a medieval pud?

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    1. Originally it was a medieval drink, hot and made with milk, eggs, sugar and spices.

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  20. This is low calorie, right?(!)

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  21. Sod the calories. I have got to make myself some of this.

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  22. My 3 year old was confused at Christmas, in a similar fashion; she thought that the Christmas cake was made with "marzipants", classic.
    Pudding looks delicious, thanks!

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    1. Marzipants! Love it. You would think though that a 15 year old would have grown out of such daftness. He likes a joke does Tom.

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  23. There now, I thought it was made somewhat like Zabaglione. That'll teach me to make assumptions. It looks heavenly.

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  24. Pati from London2:38 pm BST

    I cooked this recipe a few weeks ago for a dinner party and I didn't like it... My recipe asked for 4 lemons instead of 2 and the ones I used were too big so the end result was that my possets were increadibly acidic... Three of my guests loved them but I think next time I will have to use your recipe with 2 lemons only as it was too much. The dessert, however was good for the occasion and eaten with a shortbread biscuit, easy to prepare the night before also!!! x Pati

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  25. That looks so simple and so good! I can almost taste it from here!

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  26. Nice recipe - must try it. If you like lemons you'll love this - it's so easy and so yummy:

    http://uktv.co.uk/food/recipe/aid/533841

    Fra too easy and yummy in fact!

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    1. Oh yum, thanks for that Simmy.

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  27. I really like your style!

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  28. We have lots of possums, mostly dead (they tend to get hit by cars at night). I could send you one if you wanted to try the recipe that way...

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    1. I'm good thanks Lynn, but thanks anyway.

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  29. My first time here. I understood it to be an animal blog but will have to make do with a delicious dessert:-)

    xo Jane ( Mise's very best friend)

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  30. I think the possums here in the states are kind of cute :D But then, they do wander around a lot and are less scary than skunks and raccoons :)
    The lemon posset though looks yummy!

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  31. Mouth is watering....now where was that lemon?

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  32. I think I prefer the new animal name as posset always brings to mind baby sick, which is not what you want as an appealing image at pud-time. And yours sounds lovely.

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  33. Good heavens, I've never seen anything so delicious looking as your special dairy cream! The end result does look out of this world - and I think I might manage to eat two as well!
    This sounds like a fun Easter recipe to do (we will have digested the hot cross buns by then, won't we?!)
    We have a double cream here which you can't pour it's so thick... it's also 45% fat... so I guess that would be called heavy too... like us when we eat too much of it!

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  34. I used to live in NZ, and we once did discover a possum in the kitchen cupboard. We weren't tempted to flavour it with lemon, though.

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  35. Mise has directed me here too Sue. My this looks so delicious. I'm sure I could happily eat two far too easily. Just need to figure out what our version of double cream is. Yum!

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  36. I read that too quickly.
    I thought you said "Lemon Posset Bears"
    Now they WOULD be interesting creatures!!

    Easter Blessings x

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  37. Love it! I know I will need to buy a new kaftan after making this!

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  38. Yum I love lemon posset. It's even nicer if u finely grate those two lemons and add the zest too. And refrigerate for 3hrs to get them perfectly set and cold. This dessert is the best invention everrrr.

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    1. I am making lemon posset for our Sunday pud this week and I will remember to include the zest. Thanks for the tip :)

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