Fastest ever lemon pudding

Fastest ever lemon pudding

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(105 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 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 of 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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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!
17th Feb, 2012
I made the chocolate version the other night and it turned out fantastic, even using the wrong quantities....125g of everything instead of 100g! Adding a good dessert spoon of Sainsbo's Taste the Difference Valencian Orange gave it depth, plus a 200g bar of roughly chopped chocolate melted to make a lovely rich sauce. There were NO leftovers!
15th Jan, 2012
I had no lemons and no cocoa so I used orange essence instead of vanilla and stirred in some choc chips then served with ambrosia chocolate custard cold from the fridge .... delicious, my 7 year old scrummed it up!!! fantastic recipe and obviously versatile!l
15th Jan, 2012
Made this tonight and oh my it is so nice for such little effort! Will be making this again!
7th Nov, 2011
Fantastic cake, talk about "I want chocolate cake and I want it now!".
21st Sep, 2011
Made this twice now. Very easy and simple to make. Goes down very nicely and does not last very long, between myself and my brother!! Find I have to leave in the microwave for an extra minute or two. And I use slightly more lemon curd than stated. A good make of lemon curd is recommended. Great pudding to make if you do not have a lot of time, or if unexpected guests turn up.


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