The creamy lemon puddings look and taste sophisticated but are actually quite simple to make, and they can even be prepared in advance.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

30 mins
35 mins
30 mins
4 hrs
5 hrs 35 mins


Pots de Creme


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Place four 4-ounce pots de crème pots, ramekins, or 6-ounce custard cups in a 2-quart square baking pan; set aside.

  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar, lemon zest, lemon juice and salt. Slowly stir in whipping cream. Cook and stir over medium heat just until simmering. (Mixture may smell like buttermilk.)

  • In a medium bowl, lightly whisk egg yolks. Very gradually whisk the hot cream mixture into the egg yolks. Divide mixture among pots de crème pots.

  • With baking pan sitting on oven rack, carefully pour enough hot water to the baking pan to come halfway up sides of pots de crème pots. Bake in a 325° oven about 35 minutes or until edges of custards are set but centers jiggle slightly when shaken. Transfer pots de crème pots to wire racks; cool for 30 minutes. Cover and chill for 4 hours or up to 2 days before serving.

  • In a small skillet combine honey and thinly sliced kumquat. Cook and stir over low heat until the honey melts and kumquats soften slightly and look glazed (about 3 minutes). Cool slightly, then spoon over pot de cremes before serving, using 2 or 3 kumquat slices for each pot.


Meyer lemons are less acidic than regular lemons, so they work well in desserts where you want a mild lemon flavor. If Meyer lemons are not available, substitute 3 tablespoons lemon juice and 1 tablespoon orange juice for the 1/4 cup Meyer lemon juice. Substitute regular lemon zest for the Meyer lemon zest.


You can garnish the pots de creme with fresh raspberries rather than honey-glazed kumquats.

Nutrition Facts

372 calories; fat 20g; cholesterol 200mg; saturated fat 12g; carbohydrates 47g; mono fat 6g; poly fat 1g; insoluble fiber 1g; sugars 44g; protein 3g; vitamin a 888IU; vitamin c 13.4mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 0.1mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; folate 26.2mcg; vitamin b12 0.3mcg; sodium 62mg; potassium 97mg; calcium 57mg; iron 0.6mg.