Lemon Berry Posset

Susan, AKA Kiwicook
Susan, AKA Kiwicook

Susan, AKA Kiwicook

In her days as a recipe developer, Susan has created over 450 recipes. Her Dutch and New Zealander roots serve as a basis for her culinary inspiration.

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Lemon Berry Posset

I found this recipe in an old New Zealand Woman’s Weekly (May, 2004). While the original recipe called these custards, they are in fact possets – an old fashioned English dessert made with cream, lemons and sugar. I’ve changed the name accordingly. Having said that, the recipe calls for a sugar top which is caramelised, which takes it more into brulee territory. So it is, in fact, a bit of a hybrid.

Just to note: I didn’t brulee the possets; I tried it on one of the puddings and thought it kind of ruined the pretty effect of the berries popping through the pale yellow surface. It also, to my palette at least, made it too sweet. So I left them as they were. A light dusting of icing sugar on top is all they need to balance the tartness of the lemon.

What I loved about this recipe is that it was SO fast and SO easy and yet everyone raved about it. One addition I made to the recipe was that I added a whole vanilla bean into the cream mixture, which flavoured it beautifully. Next time I’m going to use rhubarb instead of berries, which I think would be another winning combination.

Note: I often halve this recipe to make delightful mini-servings when the family wants something sweet, but light, after dinner mid-week. It can be made at the drop of a hat and needs only 4 hours to set. I make 5 individual portions (volume equivalent to a quarter cup each) and serve in sweet little glass dishes. Check out my photo at the bottom of the post to see how they look.

Lemon Berry Posset


These delightful treats are a burst of sunshine! Creamy lemon custard sets over a layer of sweet, vibrant berries. Perfect for showcasing summer berries, try your favorite combination! Incredibly easy to make, they're the perfect light and refreshing dessert. Top with a dusting of icing sugar for a classic finish, or caramelize the top for a touch of drama!
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Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Chilling Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 438 kcal


  • 2 cups mixed berries – can be frozen; no need to thaw
  • 600 ml cream
  • ¾ cup caster sugar
  • Optional: 1 vanilla bean with seeds scraped out and included
  • Grated rind and juice of 2 lemons
  • Icing sugar (about a teaspoon per ramekin)


  • Divide the berries between 6 small ramekins (enough berries to cover the bottom of each dish).
  • Place the cream, vanilla bean and seeds (if using), and caster sugar in a saucepan and bring to a steady simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes – an important step for the custard to set.
  • Remove from heat, remove the vanilla bean (if using), and whisk in the grated rind and lemon juice. Cool for a few minutes, then pour over the berries and cool. You’ll notice some of the berries bob up to the top – this is perfectly normal and looks great. Chill overnight, or at least 8 hours, until set firm.
  • You can serve the custards as they are, or dusted with a little icing sugar. Or, as per the original recipe, you can add about a teaspoon of icing sugar over top of each custard and place under a hot grill (or use a chef’s torch) to scorch the icing sugar and caramelize the tops. The underneath berries and lemon custard will be cold and firm and the top hot and melted. Serve immediately.


Calories: 438kcalCarbohydrates: 28gProtein: 3gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 23gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 27mgPotassium: 96mgSugar: 28gVitamin A: 1479IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 67mgIron: 0.1mg
Keyword Lemon Berry Possets
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Susan, also known as the Kiwi Cook, hails from Levin, New Zealand, and has a unique Kiwi-Dutch-British heritage that influenced her culinary upbringing. As an artist, tutor, writer, and editor, Susan dedicates her weekends to creating delectable dishes. Her food philosophy embraces moderation and listening to her body's needs.


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