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)

al1son's picture

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

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

monteau's picture

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

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

Completely brilliant the tastes went all over my tongue and my son made it by himself

sporzier's picture

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

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.

eleanor7's picture

Really easy and quick to make. We had it for tea tonight and there were no left-overs!

juliebahrain's picture

Very quick, very easy, actually made it in 10 mins!

mcroft's picture

Really easy and so yummy my Mum was visiting and said I shouldn't have gone to so much trouble wasn't going to tell her I didn't. Have just made the chocolate pudding which the children loved.

colloggett's picture

Haven't tried this one yet. Sounds a must so will report back.

beth_rowe's picture

This is brilliant - totally easy and delicious. We've made it twice in the last two weeks, not good for the waistline but yummy. I guess the quality of the lemon curd makes quite a bit difference - that said, we made it with cheapo supermarket stuff first time and it was still delicious.

lu-belle's picture

So quick and easy - will definitely make this again.

kellett's picture

Very quick and easy to make. Tastes fab. I used Sainsbury's Taste the Difference lemon curd which was delicious.

sharon0ne's picture

i made this for my mum, she said it was one of the best puds she has had, very easy to make.


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