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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30th Mar, 2011
I love this recipe! Its light and fluffy and so quick to make! The only thing I would say that it took 5 minutes to cook in my microwave as its only 700w. Lovely with vanilla ice cream :)
14th Mar, 2011
This is one of the easiest and most delicious cake/pud ever! I take it ready to cook to my daughters ( I make 2 as there are usually6 people ) It is the most popular dessert ever !
9th Mar, 2011
I tried this as a last minute dessert my fiance suggested i use a microwave to cook it i laughed MICROWAVE! i tried it and it took minutes to prepare and even less to cook it AMAZING delicious zingy and very tasty will definately be trying other variations of this fantastic pudding :) needless to say my fiance was correct again!
18th Feb, 2011
So, so delicious. Made the choccy version too, adding Nutella as the topping...Yum! Am going to try it in individual ramekins for an informal dinner party tonight
17th Feb, 2011
I love lemon anything ! This pud is moreish and delicious .
17th Feb, 2011
I love lemon anything ! This pud is moreish and delicious .
7th Feb, 2011
I love this, swapped the lemon for almond essence and black cherry jam. Fantastic
2nd Feb, 2011
Not being a great fan of microwave cooking, I was unsure about this recipe, but it was quick & easy to make. It cooked in minutes & was light and fluffy (I expected rubbery). Everyone enjoyed it.
22nd Jan, 2011
made this tonight, with lemon curd in the bottom of bowl as previously suggested, very tasty. My husband even had seconds & he "doesn't do pudding", high praise indeed.
14th Jan, 2011
This is AMAZING - didn't believe it until I saw it and it was on of the lightest cakes I've ever eaten!


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