Fastest-ever lemon pudding

Fastest-ever lemon pudding

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(91 ratings)

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 eggs



    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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3rd Mar, 2015
I'm wondering if witchcraft was involved here as it tasted so incredible for something made so quickly and easily!
30th Dec, 2014
Simply amazing. How can something so quick and simple be so delicious. 3 minutes in microwave was perfect. I made 1 plain sponge and served with a choice of warmed lemon curd or golden syrup and double cream. Great recipe, definitely a keeper.
23rd Dec, 2014
Not only is this the fastest, lightest, no-fuss sponge, I've tried it substituting the lemon zest and curd with jam, marmalade and kaya (coconut curd). Truly versatile recipe! Thanks
3rd Dec, 2014
Loved it, so easy and delicious, make sure you don't overcook the sponge in the microwave as it can be a bit dry, I am 7 months pregnant and crave puddings all the time, I would happily skip dinner and have something sweet instead so this is ideal for me, quick, easy and delicious... And my husband is spared the supermarket trip for my cravings!
13th Sep, 2014
I loved the pudding Especially when we had just had a 4 mile walk!! Extra quick and easy ingredients to find Adam age 9
14th Jul, 2014
Fast and easy !! This is a GREAT RECIPE Thank you so much :)
3rd May, 2014
This recipe is great! I've seen a few of these types of recipes and to be honest I wasn't convinced they would work. The result however was a yummy moist sponge pudding that you could easily pass off as having taken hours to prepare. I've made both the lemon and chocolate versions and both are equally delicious. The only problem is now I want to make and eat this everyday! Thanks bbc good food!
7th Apr, 2014
I am not a fan of stodgy puddings, but this is absolutely delicious. Lovely and light and not too filling. I made the lemon recipe the first time. Yesterday I made the basic recipe without the lemon but added ginger instead. Placed golden syrup in the bottom of the basin before adding the ginger mixture - scrummy!
18th Mar, 2014
Fabulous - made the chocolate version - added cocoa and a heaped teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in a dessert spoon of hot water plus some plain chocolate chopped up. 4 mins in microwave and it was delicious.
1st Jan, 2014
Made this tonight for extended family. Followed the recipe but increased the quantity two-fold. Used a 9 inch square dish and cooked in microwave (full heat, 850W) for approx 6 minutes, mixing after every1 min for first three minutes. Topped with fresh-made lemon curd (, used juice and zest of three lemons) and served with creme fresh. Came out perfect, everyone enjoyed it including the 6-year old. Definitely will be maing again, very soon!


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