Sussex puddle pudding

Sussex puddle pudding

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins

Skill level



Serves 4 - 6

This twist on a classic steamed pud has a sweet sponge topping with a puddle of sticky lemon sauce underneath. Finish with a splash of cream

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  • 6 juicy lemons, 3 of them zested
  • double cream, to serve

For the puddle

  • 85g unsalted butter, cubed
  • 85g golden caster sugar, plus 50g, weighed separately

For the topping

  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 85g shredded suet
  • 50g golden caster sugar, plus 1 tsp to sprinkle (optional)
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ tsp vanilla paste or extract
  • 4 tbsp milk

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  1. Heat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Put half of the lemon zest into a medium, deep (about 2-litre) baking dish and half into a large mixing bowl. Using a serrated knife, cut the peel and pith away from the zested fruit, then slice the flesh into thin rounds. Add to the baking dish, along with the cubed butter and 85g sugar.
  2. Cut a few thin slices of skin-on lemon to decorate the pudding later, then squeeze the juice from the remaining lemons (you’ll need about 150ml in total). Mix the juice with the 50g sugar, then set aside.
  3. Add the flour, suet, sugar, a pinch of salt, eggs, vanilla and milk to the mixing bowl, then beat to make a smooth batter. Spoon this over the lemons, butter and sugar, then level the top. Scatter with the skin-on lemon slices.
  4. Gently pour the lemon and sugar mixture over the top of the pudding (it will sink down as it cooks), then carefully put in the oven. Bake for 40 mins or until the sponge is risen, golden and the syrup is bubbling up around the edges. Scatter over 1 tsp sugar, if you like, then serve with a splash of cream to counter the zing of the sauce.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, February 2014

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foodprocessor's picture
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Very lemony and fresh, but definitely too zingy for my family's tastes. Next time, I would add more sugar to the puddle or substitute one lemon with one small orange. Very useful tip by Bennetej, just below: I did panic when I couldn't copletely cover the puddle with the batter, but this eventually spread evenly after a few minutes in the oven.

Bennettej's picture

If you like Sussex Pond pudding but never have the time to make it then this recipe is for you. Don't despair when adding the batter and it doesn't seem enough, it will be just spread as evenly as you can-it works. Give it a go with a hot custard, a great big yum from me.