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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19th Sep, 2012
This really is a great store cupboard recipe just made this but after 3 mins in the microwave I felt it needed another minute.. Took 4mins to make and another 4mins to scoff completely.
5th Sep, 2012
This is a firm favourite in our household...the children are always asking for when we can have it next ! I agree with some of the previous comments about the cooking time taking a little longer than stated (800w microwave) however I keep cooking for about a minute or so beyond the time stated and use a skewer to test the sponge at regular intervals until it comes clean. I have also made it with a homemade butterscotch sauce...also a big hit !!
30th Jun, 2012
I've made both lemon and chocolate versions of this sponge and it is delicious either way! Going to try a few variations to find my favourite. Perfect for when you are in a hurry or just in the mood for something yummy. :)
6th May, 2012
I made the chocolate version of this for pudding today. I was pleasantly surprised how light and tasty it was. Will def do this fast and simple to make. I left out the vanilla essence and reduced flour by 25g due to addition of cocoa. I also put in choc chips and served with ice cream. Would serve with a choc sauce next time to make it more delish! :)
2nd May, 2012
I have to say I was very sceptical, even after reading all the reviews. Well I've just made it and it's the lightest sponge I have ever tasted, will definitely be making it again, probably try it with Golden syrup next time.
23rd Apr, 2012
great fast pudding just tried it with orange zest topped off with homemade marmalade
8th Apr, 2012
Made this tonight as I was fancying something sweet but easy to make and it was lovely! I put some golden syrup in the bottom of the bowl before adding the sponge mixture, I would say it took 5 mins in my microwave but it was light and fluffy, the lemon zest went well with the syrup. I will definitely be making again and I will be trying the other combo's.
19th Mar, 2012
Made the chocolate version of this pudding last night, again it was great, really quick and simple. Made chocolate custard to go with it. Everyone loved it. Again in my 750w microwave it took about 5 mins.
26th Feb, 2012
We love this, it is so easy and fast, just what you need for a last minute pudding. I put the lemon curd in the bottom of the pudding bowl then put the mixture on top just, in my microwave 750w it takes about 5 mins.
18th Feb, 2012
My 7 year old daughter made this for us tonight (with some help). It was delicious, will definitely do again, going to try the chocolate version next week!


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