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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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.
29th Aug, 2011
Wow, this was so easy to make and tasted delicious, will definately use it again. Dinner guests thought it was fantastic....
25th Aug, 2011
mmmmm really tasty made this tonight for me & my boys an they said it was really scrummy thank you will be making this again really simple to make to even a child could make this its that easy x
18th Jun, 2011
This sound nice. But can I use an oven instead of the microwave? I hate microwave. If yes please give me instructions.
27th Apr, 2011
Really lovely had it with whipped cream
9th Apr, 2011
Easy, very quick pudding to make and delicious too! We tried this the chocolate way too, and it was great. Perfect for a quick pudding fix.


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