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Lemon and Elderflower Posset

A smooth and creamy dessert with sweet floral hints and tang of lemon.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Chilling time3 hrs
Total Time4 hrs
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: easy
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 570kcal
Author: Lee


Lemon and Elderflower Posset

  • 300 ml double cream
  • 90 g caster sugar
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 30 ml homemade elderflower syrup or cordial see elderflower syrup recipe below

Shortbread thins

  • 75 g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
  • 50 g unsalted butter, cubed chilled
  • 25 g caster sugar, plus extra for dusting


Lemon and Elderflower Posset

  • Gently heat the cream and sugar in a pan, stiring frequently until the sugar has melted. Bring to a simmer and allow to boil for 1 minute.
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the elderflower syrup and lemon zest and juice.
  • Pour into 4 small glasses or ramekins. Cool to room temperature before covering and placing in the fridge for 3 hours to set. These can be made the day ahead and kept in the fridge overnight.

Shortbread Thins

  • Heat the oven to 170C/ 150C fan/ gas 3.
  • Place all the ingredients in a bowl. Rub through your finger tips until the mixture looks like breadcrumbs, then squeeze together to form a dough. It may appear to be dry at first, do not add water to form a dough.
  • Place the dough on a lightly flour a worktopse. Use a rolling pin to roll the dough into a rectangle thats 1/2 cm thick. Cut 8 equal rectangle pieces of dough and place on a lined baking tray. I try to cut out the 8 pieces of dough in one go, over working your dough will impair the texture of your biscuit. I bake the off cuts of dough, broken buscuits still taste as good!
  • Create uniform imprints using a fork and sprinkle with caster sugar. Bake in the oven for around 20 minutes until golden. Allow the shortbread thins to cool on the baking tray and serve two fingers with each Lemon and Elderflower Posset. The Shortbread Thins will keep in an airtight container for 3 days.


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Calories are for guidance only and are calculated on ingredients I used.