Lime Possets With Mint and Mango Fruit Salad

Thickened with lime juice, this sweet cream pudding contains no gelatin, starch, or egg. [Photographs: Daniel Gritzer]

Made with cream and sugar, flavored with lime zest, and thickened with lime juice into a pudding-like consistency, these possets are an easy, elegant chilled dessert. A simple mango-and-mint fruit salad adds refreshing and tropical touch.

Why this recipe works:

  • Adding acidic lime juice to the cream causes it to thicken into a spoonable dessert, while sugar balances the tart lime flavor.
  • With no eggs, no gelatin, and no starch to thicken the cream, the recipe is deceptively easy: the only thing required is the the time necessary for the cream to fully set.

Lime Possets With Mint and Mango Fruit Salad

About This Recipe

Yield:serves 4
Active time:15 minutes
Total time:15 minutes plus 4 hours or overnight
This recipe appears in: How to Make Posset, the Egg-Free, Gelatin-Free, Starch-Free Pudding


  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice from about 5 limes, plus zest of 1 lime
  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 6 large mint leaves, minced
  • Whipped cream, for serving


  1. 1

    In a medium saucepan, whisk together heavy cream, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until sugar is dissolved, about 5 minutes. Let cool slightly.

  2. 2

    Whisk in lime juice and zest. Pour cream mixture into glasses or ramekins, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until possets are set, at least 4 ours and preferably overnight.

  3. 3

    In a medium bowl, toss together mango and mint. Spoon mango on top of possets, mound dollops of whipped cream on top, and serve right away.


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