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Adapted from a recipe by Rocket & Squash
This is a recipe for an old English dessert which is made up of boiled cream and fruit syrup. These are normally served with a biscuit on the side to scoop up the posset with, I served them with Bonne Maman Caramel & Sea Salt galettes. This makes 4 generous servings, but you could stretch it out to 6 small ramekins. This is a perfect dinner party dessert or for large catering as it can be made up to 24 hours in advance without any loss of flavour or texture.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Cuisine English
Servings 4


  • 600 ml Double Cream
  • 3 Limes
  • 1 Lemon
  • 85 g Caster Sugar
  • 2.5 g Leaf Gelatine
  • 3 Oranges


  • Grate the zest from the limes and lemons and place them in a large saucepan. Pour in the cream and then add the sugar. You will need a larger saucepan than you think as the cream bubbles up quite a lot when it reaches boiling point.
  • Juice the limes and lemons and strain the liquid through a fine sieve into a small saucepan. Boil the juice rapidly until it has reduced by half and become syrupy.
  • As the juice is boiling, warm the cream and bring it to a boil also, stirring it as it warms to help dissolve the sugar.
  • Boil the cream for 2 minutes, don't worry it wont burn, just give it a little stir now and again. Then remove it from the heat. By this time the syrup should have reduced and can be stirred into the cream.
  • Leave the cream to cool for around 15 minutes and then strain it through a sieve into a jug and pour it into 4 glasses or 6 ramekins. Leave at least a centimetre from the top so that you can add the jelly.
  • Leave the possets to cool to room temperature and then cover them with clingfilm and place them in the fridge to set - approximately 3 hours.
  • Then make the jelly by soaking the gelatine in a bowl of cold water.
  • Juice the oranges and strain them through a sieve into a saucepan, you'll need 150ml of juice, so you might not need all of the oranges. Warm the juice through until it comes to a boil. Take the jelly off the heat and wait for it to stop bubbling.
  • Squeeze the excess water out of the gelatine and stir it into the juice, allow the liquid to cool and spoon it on top of the posset. You'll probably have about 2-3 teaspoons of liquid per dessert.
  • Return them to the fridge and give them another 2 hours to set, after which they'll be ready to serve with a biscuit or two on the side.