Fastest-ever lemon pudding

Fastest-ever lemon pudding

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Cooking time

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

Skill level

Easy

Servings

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

Additional info

  • Freezable
  • Easily doubled / halved
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
457
protein
6g
carbs
55g
fat
25g
saturates
14g
fibre
1g
sugar
34g
salt
0.75g

Ingredients

  • 100g caster sugar
  • 100g softened butter
  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 2 eggs
  • zest 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 4 tbsp lemon curd
  • crème fraîche or ice cream, to serve

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Method

  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.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, March 2008

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kevinandmark's picture

Now I am not a cook, but this is easy! Very tasty and tangy. guests love it! The Chocholate one is good too, but the lemon sponge is fab!!

emzy_wemzy's picture
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Lovely recipe and so easy to make. We had it with custard and it was delicious. Will try the chocolate version next time.

tags2k's picture
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Delicious! Just when you think you've been overwhelmed with making the main meal, you remember that there's always room for this beauty - such great results for such little effort!

sarahcookerybook's picture
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So quick and simple everyone thought I'd got it from M&S!

ginny1975's picture

This looks great. Can I just ask what dish others have cooked this in? Would a smallish round pyrex bowl be ok? Thanks for any advice.

emmawelsh's picture
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I was very sceptical about this recipe, even after reading all the great comments. As it was in the microwave I was sure that for me it would not work, maybe my dish was not the right size? Ping from the microwave and oh my god!! It was cooked all the way through, risen, light and fluffy. It did only take ten minutes. The sauce was lovely, and not even very much washing up. Brilliant recipe! I can't wait to experiment with chocolate, syrup, jam, sultanas etc. But I think I should probably limit myself to one a week!

jodiem's picture
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Have made the chocolate version of this a few times, it is a really quick and easy pudding you can make on the spur of the moment. My little boys loves it, especially with custard! It is also great with icecream. Was great with chocolate drops in it too.

kirstienic's picture
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This is sooo easy and quick to make and tastes great!

maitken's picture

this really was the fastest and best cake/pudding i've ever made. my kids loved it, and since i've got one who doesn't really like cake very much, that says a lot! having said all that, i was the only one to add lemon curd alongside, and i thought this combo was wonderful. the cake/pudding itself was obviously still light and moist without, otherwise it wouldn't have been scoffed. great!

clareyb's picture
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This was so simple to whip up, and suprisingly light. Will definately be trying the chocolate version soon.

al1son's picture
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This really is one of the easiest things I have ever made, it is one of our absolute fav's and keeps well in the fridge for the next day if someone missed out! I also made with coco powder and no lemon zest or lemon curd and just microwaved couple of square of choc with few tablespoons of cream for a fab sauce.

zoehill's picture
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this is great we make this all the time, we have also put golden syrup instead of lemon curd

monteau's picture
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this is an easy fool proof recipe, and i have made it many times. the only thing i would change in the method is add the lemon curd , or if you prefer jam or golden syrup, to the base of your pudding bowl before adding the batter. It seems to have a better effect when turning out the finished dessert...

drusilla's picture

Really can't recommend this enough. Light fluffy sponge, yummy lemonness... if that is a word! Best lemon sponge ever - although I'd recommend finding some home-made lemon curd - try your local farmer's market. Really makes the difference.

nhowel2's picture

This was really easy to make, great if you fancy something sweet after tea ! The sponge was very light and the hot lemon curd definately made the pudding !
Going to try the chocolate version next

joannasimpson's picture
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I've made this a few times and used different 'toppings' like golden syrup - fab, its very light and a good store cupboard quick pud for supper.

mandystirling's picture
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Completely brilliant the tastes went all over my tongue and my son made it by himself

sporzier's picture
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Absolutely fantastic! Incredible texture for a microwaved pudding. I've since tried to make it with fresh chopped ripe pears instead of the lemon curd and it worked equally well. I'll definitely use that recipe as a base for other quick puddings!

Frantic Flapjack's picture

This was really good. My teenage daughter mixed it and cooked it in the same bowl, so less washing up! After 3 minutes, it didn't look cooked enough, so she did another 2 minutes. On reflection 1 more would have been enough. It still made a speedy, yummy pud though.

mrsnoonoo's picture
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Lovely pudding. Used my food processor and the whole thing took less then 10 mins. Sponge was really light, very impressed. Will be making this on a regular basis. Will also try the chocolate one as well. Fantasic for unexpected visitors - just so easy.

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