Easy Lemon Pudding

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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. If you love lemon dessert recipes, you'll love this pudding.

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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.

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The History of Lemon Pudding

The 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.

Easy Lemon Pudding

The Magic of 4-Ingredient Lemon Pudding

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!

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Easy Lemon Pudding Recipe

  • 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.


  • 2 cups (473ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 2/3 cup (135g) granulated sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • 6 tablespoons (89ml) lemon juice
  • 1 cup (about 150g) blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries or blackberries, to garnish


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 with just 4-ingredients: whipping cream, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice

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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  1. Noella

    Accidentally mixed all the ingredients together before putting on the stove. Will this still turn out okay?

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  2. Kelly

    This is fantastic! It was hit at my dinner party!
    It’s a keeper!


  3. Tiff

    How do I change the recipe if I want to make it with blueberries or other fruits instead?

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  4. Jelena

    Thanks for another interesting recipe. I’ve been thinking about squeezing fresh lemons, but have no idea how many. Any estimates, rough? Thanks in advance! Best regards!

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  5. Joy

    Do you think you could sub 2% or whole milk for the whipping cream to save on some fat or would it completely mess it up? Thank you!

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