Fastest-ever lemon pudding

Fastest-ever lemon pudding

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Prep: 5 mins Cook: 4 mins Plus 1 minute resting


Serves 4
Being short of time needn't stop you making your own pudding. This microwave-friendly sponge pudding is ready in 10 minutes and can easily be a chocolate pud too

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal457
  • fat25g
  • saturates14g
  • carbs55g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre1g
  • protein6g
  • salt0.75g
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  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g softened butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 egg



    The ultimate convenience food, eggs are powerhouses of nutrition, packed with protein and a…

  • zest 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence



    The sun-dried seed pod of a type of climbing orchid, vanilla has an inimitable soft, sweet…

  • 4 tbsp lemon curd
  • crème fraîche or ice cream, to serve


  1. Mix the sugar, butter, flour, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla together until creamy, then spoon into a medium microwave-proof baking dish. Microwave on High for 3 mins, turning halfway through cooking, until risen and set all the way through. Leave to stand for 1 min.

  2. Meanwhile, heat the lemon curd for 30 secs in the microwave and stir until smooth. Pour all over the top of the pudding and serve with a dollop of crème fraîche or scoops of ice cream.

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Comments (118)

karenjon's picture

brill tried it last night so scrummy, easy and quick

louisebawden's picture

Lovely pud made butterscotch sauce instead of making lemon it was yummie and served with ice cream. Very quick and easy pudding.

dora12's picture

Fab recipe, worked exactly and so delicious for something cooked so quickly and in a microwave!!!!
I even tried this with just some raspberry jam heated up and drizzled over - just as scrummy!!!

danice's picture

A year on and still making this FAB sweet...
Going to try blackcurrant jelly tonight....

andiet's picture

Tried this tonight - first time using the microwave for something oher than reheating! Didn't have lemon curd so tried the chocolate version (didn't have chocolate sauce though). Yummy and light. Unfortunately forgot to grease the bowl so it came out in 2 bits. Will know for the next time.

cassie8756's picture

i cant believe this is a microwave pudding. its absolutely yummy!!

mopandecho's picture

This pudding is lush,and we also love
it with orange zest instead of lemon
and replace lemon curd with maple syrup!

josp74's picture

Amazing, as easy as everyone says. I added the lemon curd to the bottom of the bowl and then put the cake mixture on top. I halved the recipe for 2 of us and 3 minutes was perfect. Slightly scared at how easy it was and therefore how often we'll have it!

dylanski's picture

Oh Dear - this is way too quick and easy!

gurneyd's picture

Simply fabulous - as the title states it really is fast to think that it won't start to thicken in the microwave but before you know it there is a light sponge before your eyes...brilliant. I placed the mixture into a glass mixing bowl and heated it for a tad longer than the recipe states. Probably would use a little less lemon curd, but this really is up to personal taste. Certainly a recipe which means I won't be buying the ones in the shops anymore!

lovelylola's picture

An amazing quick pudding when you need it. Ive tried the chocolate one too....a big success with Cadburys chocolate spread gently heated in a pan. Ive also cooked apples and added them to a plain sponge and served with custard. The family think Im great!

ibizafan's picture

This was amazingly easi and tasty too, used Waitrose lemon curd, there were 3 of us be we ate it all! cant wait to try it with raspberry jam or syrup, gorgeous for an autumn warmer!

shirleen's picture

I found the lemon curd too thick and added some water before nuking it!

danice's picture

This is a brilliant quicky pud and really tasty..Absolutly delish.MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM

natalierachel's picture

Made the chocolate version. Very quick, very easy, kids loved it. Will make the lemon one tomorrow.

littlefriend's picture

I tried the chocolate one recently, in individual ramekins-they look like soufflés, really pretty and pro! Taste really good with dark chocolate chips stirred in!
Also, I'd recommend using the cocoa powder instead of the lemon zest AND 25 grams of plain flour, or else the mixture will be to thick. Or you could follow the recipe as stated, and then add a tablespoon or so of milk.

littlefriend's picture

yeah, I think you'd be able to bake it in the oven-it's like a normal cake batter recipe, really. But it'll take longer to cook-I think 20mins or so at 180 degrees will do the trick.

lanner83's picture

After reaing all the great comments I wad a bit disappointed with this one. It was really easy to make but ot didn't look very attractive and my sister agreed it tasted a little 'eggy'.

fishcake312's picture

Can you bake this in the oven?

fishcake312's picture

Can you bake this in the oven?


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