Fastest ever lemon pudding

Fastest ever lemon pudding

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(107 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 a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 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…

  • 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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7th Feb, 2016
Can't believe how nice this was from a microwave!! Can't wait to try the chocolate one!
25th Jan, 2016
I made this for our tea last night as my friend had given me a large jar of home made lemon curd and I halved the recipe as it was just the two of us, my husband wished I hadn't halved it as he said it was one of the nicest puddings he had ever eaten and I have to agree. Delicious and very light. I got everything ready earlier in the afternoon and left the bowl in the fridge and just popped in the microwave when we were ready to sit down to our main meal. I added some blueberries and served with blueberry ice cream. Heaven.
5th Nov, 2015
Made this last night with friends watching - one of them went outside to move her car, she came in 5 minutes later and she'd missed the whole thing! Amazingly quick and tasty. We made it again just to show her;)
1st Nov, 2015
Made this today and the family loved it, so quick and easy, a great recipe will definitely be making this one again!
16th Oct, 2015
Oh my, this was absolutely delicious. Very light. I also put the lemon curd in the bottom of the dish and halved the mixture as there were only 2 of us. Will definitely do again maybe with salted caramel sauce on the bottom and many other variations.
22nd Jun, 2015
Really quick and easy, a lovely sponge. I wondered if the lemon curd would make it too sickly, but actually not, will def make again, and try the chocolate version too!! Lovely with creme fraiche.
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!


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