Honey Lemon Custard For One

This elegant, rich and creamy Honey Lemon “Custard” For One requires only a few simple ingredients and is an easy recipe for an egg-free, no-bake dessert also known as a posset.

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A few weeks ago I was looking through an old Bon Appétit Magazine from 2012 and came across a recipe for a no-bake Honey Lemon Custard or posset that I had bookmarked to try.

I love a good custard recipe, one that’s rich and creamy always pulls me in. This honey lemon custard recipe intrigued me because it was not only a no bake dessert recipe but the custard was made without eggs.

Egg Free Custard

No eggs in a custard? I was curious to find out how a custard could be thickened without eggs, cornstarch, gelatin or other thickening agents.

I spent a little time researching and found that one of the oldest versions of custard is made without any eggs and it’s called a posset. Possets are made from cream, a sweetener, and your choice of flavorings.

What Is A Posset?

One version of a posset is a British drink made of hot milk curdled with wine or ale and served with spices. It was popular from the medieval times up to the 19th century. That version is not the version I’m referring to here.

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This dessert version of a posset is made by heating cream and a sweetener together and then adding flavorings.

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close up of a custard in a bowl, a posset | one dish kitchen

My curiosity got the best of me and I couldn’t wait try the honey lemon custard recipe.

After making the custard and serving it to my family, they all agreed that the custard was rich, creamy and absolutely delicious.

So, I decided to add a few tweaks and play around with ingredient amounts so I could deliver a Honey Lemon Custard For One.

Honey Lemon Custard (Posset)

Step 1

To make a honey lemon custard for one, heat the cream, sugar, nutmeg, and honey in a small saucepan.

Step 2

Bring the mixture to a simmer, then remove the pan from the heat and add lemon juice, lemon zest and a touch of vanilla.

During this process something magical occurs. The sweetened liquid mysteriously turns into a soft, creamy, delicate custard.

What actually happens is that the acid from the lemon juice reacts with the cream and that is how the custard thickens.

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A posset is so easy to make. The custard thickens almost immediately and you might not be able to resist grabbing a spoon and diving right in.

Honey Lemon Custard is smooth, pure in taste, zesty, and beautifully sweet. I would recommend chilling the custard for a few hours or overnight.

This simple dessert is the perfect size if you’re cooking for one. If you like this honey lemon custard, you might also like to try this Lime Posset recipe.

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For this honey lemon posset (custard), I use a 1-quart saucepan and an 8-ounce ramekin which measures 4-inches in diameter and is 2-inches tall. If you happen to have smaller ramekins, use those and divide the honey lemon mixture between them.

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Honey Lemon Custard Recipe For One

Honey Lemon Custard For One | One Dish Kitchen

Honey Lemon Custard For One

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chill: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keyword: custard
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 943.81kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 inch strip lemon peel
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Heat cream, honey, sugar, and nutmeg in a small saucepan over medium heat. Slowly bring to a simmer, stirring constantly to dissolve the sugar. Continue to simmer 2 minutes.
  • Remove pan from the heat and add the lemon peel, lemon juice and vanilla. Stir gently and let steep for 5 minutes.
  • Remove lemon peel from the pan and pour into a ramekin. Chill for at least 1 hour to let set or up to overnight.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 943.81kcal | Carbohydrates: 42.06g | Protein: 4.95g | Fat: 88.15g | Saturated Fat: 54.88g | Cholesterol: 326.06mg | Sodium: 91.5mg | Potassium: 178.5mg | Sugar: 35.54g | Vitamin A: 3498.6IU | Vitamin C: 1.43mg | Calcium: 154.7mg
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37 thoughts on “Honey Lemon Custard For One”

  1. ” I ” LOVE” cooking but at times I simply want to treat myself to a small portion of gourmet, so these are ” Fabulous”!”

  2. This sounds so good! Without egg, that’s crazy! I love anything lemon. Looking forward to trying this out! Thanks for sharing this!

  3. 5 stars
    This looks fabulous – literally! The photos are magazine-quality. Lovely recipe and images. Thanks for sharing it! 🙂

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  4. Andi @ The Weary Chef

    This looks so creamy! I love that you came up with honey-lemon flavor combo. Can’t wait to try this!

  5. This lemon custard looks wonderful! My mom loves a good custard, so I will have to pass along the re! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Kristina, thank you for your comment. I am not an expert on dairy-free cooking so I can’t tell you what dairy free alternatives would work best in this recipe. Since the setting of the custard is dependent on the acid from the lemons reacting with the proteins in the cream, maybe full fat coconut milk would work. This link from Go Dairy Free lists other cream substitutes (http://www.godairyfree.org/dairy-substitutes/how-to-substitute-cream). If you try it please let me know. I’d love to hear how it turned out.

  6. I adore custard too. This one sounds more like custards I like. I find I can taste the egg if custard is made with egg. This one sounds absolutely perfect.

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