Posted by Grace Massa Langlois on Monday, 3rd May 2010

After the last couple of weeks of sweets I was looking for something tangy and refreshing, Lemon Posset with Langues de Chats and a few batches of Lime Meltaways definitely fulfilled my craving. I thought for a change I would turn to my vast selection of cookbooks for inspiration. I am a little embarrassed to say that I usually tend to turn to the Internet in search of recipes rather than take a few minutes and go through all the beautiful cookbooks that I have.

A photo of 3 shot glasses containing lemon posset on white plate with 2 yellow daisies.

Of course, my first stop was Gordon Ramsay’s Sunday Lunch. You’re either in the camp that loves Gordon or in the camp that despises him.  I love the man and I enjoy his recipes. He’s such an inspiration for me; he’s been able to realize his dreams despite the demons he’s faced along the way. I like to think I can see the man behind the persona.

I decided on Gordon’s Lemon Posset recipe because it was so simple to make, 3 ingredients, heavy cream, caster sugar and lemon juice.  The end result is a very rich, creamy and refreshing dessert. The flavour reminded me of an Italian ice, a frozen dessert that I couldn’t wait to have every time I visited New Jersey. I took Gordon’s recommendation and served Langues de Chats for dipping. The langues de chats were a perfect accompaniment; it is a rich buttery cookie, also referred to as Lingue de Gatto in Italian and Cat’s Tongue in English.

A photo of 3 shot glasses containing lemon posset and 1 yellow daisy on a white plate.

If you want to lighten up the dessert you could add some Italian Meringue, keep in mind, if serving as is, it is quite dense and rich and you will want to serve a small portion, a shot glass is the perfect size.

Both were super simple to make and left me with time to make a few batches of cookies for my niece’s upcoming bridal shower.  The Lime Meltaways were perfect, I could whip up a few batches prior to starting the lemon posset and the cookie dough could chill as I made our Sunday dessert.

A close up photo of 2 stacks of lime meltaways on a blue and white striped paper.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of tasting a Meltaway, don’t wait any longer you must indulge.  Tart and sweet and they actually melt-in-your-mouth, absolutely scrumptious! If you don’t favour the taste of lime you can switch it up and replace the lime juice and zest with lemon or orange. I may just do that for the shower; have a medley of different flavours.

A close up photo of lime meltaways on a pink ribbon on a white plate.

Another of my favourite tangy desserts is Baked Lemon Tart. And if you like the tart and sweet combination my Lemon-Strawberry Cheesecake Cupcakes made with the creamiest lemon curd are to die for!

If you have a moment please take a look at my list of favourite Cookbooks, if you have a favourite you think I should add to my collection please do tell!

A photo of lemon posset dessert accompanied with langues de chats on a gold rimmed white plate on top of a white napkin with a silver spoon.

A photo of 3 shot glasses of lemon posset on a white plate with a yellow daisy.

A close up photo of a stack of langues de chats cookies wrapped in a purple ribbon.

A close up photo of langues de chats in a white bowl.

A close up photo of 2 stacks of lime meltaways on a sheet of blue and white striped paper.

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Comments (39)

39 Responses to “Lemon Posset, Langues de Chats, Lime Meltaways-Citrus Love”

  1. MaryMoh Says:

    Wow…I really love the drink and the biscuits. Your pictures are really beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Grace Says:

    Thank you Mary, happy you enjoy them!

  3. Marly Says:

    Wow – 3 recipes on 1 post! They all look delicious. I’m going to try the drink using coconut milk since we don’t eat dairy products. I think that could be a good substitution. Thanks for the inspiration!

  4. Grace Says:

    Hi Marley, they were so quick & easy. The posset is fantastic, I think I may try it with chocolate & orange next time.

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  6. Adora's Box Says:

    Lovely trio of recipes although I must say I would be leaning most on to those lime meltaways simply because I like lime.

  7. Kristi Rimkus Says:

    Your Lime Meltaways look absolutely delectable!

  8. Stephanie Says:

    I saw those lime meltaways and my mouth began to water. Looks absolutely gorgeous!

  9. Baking Barrister Says:

    Those meltaways are calling my name. They look absolutely perfect and sound divine. I’m also enjoying the photo setup with the powdered sugar–very clever.

  10. Kori Says:

    All of these citrus recipes make me think of spring time…love it! And those meltaways sound delicious! Thanks for sharing, and congrats on the top 9!

  11. Grace Says:

    Thanks Kori!

  12. Toby Says:

    wow…. This is the 1st time visiting your place. incredible!

    Love the photos!!

    and I’m in the GR “love” camp. As long as he isn’t yelling and screaming for the camera, he’s an awesome inspiration.

    Thanks!

  13. Grace Says:

    Thank you Toby, I so agree with you GR is an inspiration.

  14. Lynn Says:

    Gorgeous pics! You’ve put lime meltaways on my “to bake” list for this week.

  15. Lora @cakeduchess Says:

    Gorgeous photos of cookies that look and sound so fresh and tasty!!! Congrats bella Grace!

  16. Grace Says:

    Thank you Lora

  17. shannon Says:

    these lime meltaways look great!! Congrats on making Food Buzz Top 9!!!

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  19. Felice Says:

    Your photos are beautiful and enticing. I love lemon desserts and this sounds divine. I like your idea of serving them in shot glasses with a Langues de Chats on the side to dip.

  20. Sara Says:

    I love this lemony post! When I crave for something a bit lighter I always go with citrus and in particular with lemon taste! Love all these three recipes! But I totally have to try these posset…never had it and sound so delicious! Happy new year!

  21. Amy Says:

    3 beautiful desserts, and they all sound delicious! Beautiful photos as well! Thanks for sharing!

  22. Jenny Nguyen Says:

    The Langues de Chats look amazing! Perfectly browned…well done..

  23. Winnie Says:

    Gorgeous! I’ve heard of lemon posset but have never made it. Looks so good!

  24. Kim-Liv Life Says:

    Beautiful photos!! I love the fresh brightness of the yellow flower. Citrus is always refreshing!

  25. Hot Polka Dot's Mom (Judy) Says:

    Congratulations on making today’s FoodBuzz Top 9 with this recipe. Mouthwatering and refreshing. It is always a pleasant surprise to discover a new blog with such promise. Best of luck and well done!

    Judy

  26. Grace Says:

    What a very nice thing to say, thank you Judy!!

  27. Sortachef Says:

    Looks so light and white and smooth and creamy. Not to mention refreshing. Subtle characteristics I would not consider when describing Gordon Ramsay!
    Cheers and Happy New Year!

  28. Christina Says:

    These all look so pretty and delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipes!

  29. Chef Thom Says:

    Thanks for sharing! I’m making Lemon Posset tonight. Pictures are GREAT (that’s what caught my attention).

  30. Sandra Says:

    So excited to see another one of your posts Gracie, and what a treat to have three in one. As usual the pictures are awesome! Your selections are light and perfect to tame our palates from all the heavy sweets we’ve wolfed down. Or maybe it was just me wolfing down way more than I needed. HA! Thanks again.

  31. Grace Says:

    Thank you Sandra, I’m with you on eating way too much over the holidays, but that’s what the holidays are all about, right?

  32. shannon Says:

    I thought this was a pic of beautiful candles…but wow, this is even better since you can eat it!! LOL!!
    Congrats on making Foodbuzz Top 9…well deserved!!

  33. Grace Says:

    Thanks Shannon

  34. Sharon Says:

    Loved the posset, I added crushed hobnobs on the top, tasted delicious ..

  35. Grace Says:

    Sharon you had me stumped, I’d never heard of hobnobs, had to consult wiki, sounds delicious. My sister just experimented with orange and everyone loved it. I’m going to try it this week with some other juices. It’s so easy to make, it’s perfect for a large get together.

  36. Ariane Says:

    I just baked the “Limeaways.” They are delicious and light. Great for Spring and anyone watching calories. Highly recommend!!!!

  37. Jif Says:

    Its hard to believe the langues de chat make 5 dozen. I halved the recipe, and only got eight. I triple checked my math on the halving, and it all worked out. This means the recipe only makes 16, not 60. It wasn’t catastrophic for me, because I was only making it for three people, but if you have a lot of people coming, it will not end well.

  38. Grace Says:

    Hi Jif, I’m sorry the recipe didn’t work out for you. What size tip did you use to pipe the cookies? The recipe indicates an Atecco 802 tip for best results, I believe that translates to a tip with a 1/4-inch opening. Also, do you remember how long you piped the cookies? This is one of Martha’s recipes and I’ve made them several times without any issue. Having said this I’ve never tested the recipe with half the ingredients so I can’t be certain if this wasn’t the issue. I wouldn’t think so but with baking you just never know unless you test it. I hope you’ll give the recipe as is another try at some point. I know 5 dozen is a lot of cookies but these do freeze beautifully. I often serve these with custard desserts or mousse desserts. They’re convenient to have on hand, they defrost quickly too because they are so thin.

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