Easy Lemon Pudding

This is THE EASIEST lemon pudding EVER. Just 4 ingredients. No gelatin. No eggs. Gluten-free. Great for Easter, Mother's Day, or dinner parties.

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Photography Credit: Sally Vargas

This lemon pudding couldn’t be easier. It’s made with just four ingredients: whipping cream, sugar, lemon zest, and lemon juice.

All you do is warm everything up, then let the pudding set. It’s like magic.

Elegant, simple, and with a velvety texture that is positively dreamy, this lemon pudding is perfect for Easter dinner, Mother’s Day brunch, and everything in between.

No one needs to know it only took you 15 minutes to make.

Easy Lemon PuddingThe recipe is a modern adaptation of a medieval drink called a posset, which was popular from the Middle Ages to the early 19th century. This was a hot milk or cream mixture thickened with acidic wine or cider. It was considered medicinal for treating a cold or flu. Syllabubs, another sweet frothy drink, are closely related.

History lesson over! Lemon posset is fast becoming a trendy dessert, especially in Britain.

The magic is in the thick cream, reduced slightly, and combined with tart lemon juice. The two interact to form an exquisite creamy consistency, especially after you strain out the little bits of zest.

Look through your cupboard for pretty stemmed glasses if you want to be fancy, and make this for your next party!

Easy Lemon Pudding Recipe

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  • Prep time: 5 minutes
  • Cook time: 10 minutes
  • Chilling time: 2 hours
  • Yield: 4 servings

Recipe is easily doubled.

Recipe can be prepared up to 2 days in advance.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries or blackberries, to garnish

Method

1 Warm the cream and sugar: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, stir together the cream, sugar and lemon zest. Bring to a boil. Adjust the heat to a gentle boil, and cook, stirring often, for 5 minutes.

Watch carefully and stir frequently to keep the cream from boiling over.

Easy Lemon Pudding

2 Add the lemon juice and continue to simmer for 5 more minutes. Stir frequently.

3 Take the pan off the heat and let the cream cool for 5 minutes.

4  Strain and chill. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh strainer into a 4-cup liquid measuring cup or other container for easy pouring.

Pour into 4 four-ounce ramekins or pretty stemmed glasses.

5 Refrigerate, uncovered, for 2 to 3 hours, or until set. This pudding can also be prepared and refrigerated up to 2 days in advance. Top each glass with berries just before serving.

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Sally Vargas

Sally Pasley Vargas is a freelance writer and the author of three cookbooks (Food for Friends, The Tao of Cooking, Ten Speed Press, and The Cranberry Cookbook). She currently writes the column The Confident Cook for The Boston Globe along with seasonal recipes for the Wednesday Food Section.

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  • hapless cook

    I love lemony flavours, so I knew I had to try that. It was ridiculously good, especially considering the small number of ingredients. I loved it, my finicky not-a-fan-of-lemon husband loved it, even my fussy son liked it.

  • Hayley

    As I type this delicious, creamy dessert is currently chilling in the fridge. My excitement got the better of me and I had a quick taste. It’s quite sweet! Would the recipe still work if I reduced sugar?

  • Sandra

    Would it be possible to make it into a mango pudding using mango juice?
    I’m just not sure how to substitute for the zest.

  • Laine

    This looks so good! Do you think a low carb, no added sugar, version of this might work? Replacing the sugar with a sugar alcohol such as erythritol, or with Splenda?

  • Laura B Courson

    HOw do I know what it is posted?

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