Fastest ever lemon pudding

Fastest ever lemon pudding

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(108 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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13th Sep, 2014
I loved the pudding Especially when we had just had a 4 mile walk!! Extra quick and easy ingredients to find Adam age 9
14th Jul, 2014
Fast and easy !! This is a GREAT RECIPE Thank you so much :)
3rd May, 2014
This recipe is great! I've seen a few of these types of recipes and to be honest I wasn't convinced they would work. The result however was a yummy moist sponge pudding that you could easily pass off as having taken hours to prepare. I've made both the lemon and chocolate versions and both are equally delicious. The only problem is now I want to make and eat this everyday! Thanks bbc good food!
7th Apr, 2014
I am not a fan of stodgy puddings, but this is absolutely delicious. Lovely and light and not too filling. I made the lemon recipe the first time. Yesterday I made the basic recipe without the lemon but added ginger instead. Placed golden syrup in the bottom of the basin before adding the ginger mixture - scrummy!
18th Mar, 2014
Fabulous - made the chocolate version - added cocoa and a heaped teaspoon of instant coffee dissolved in a dessert spoon of hot water plus some plain chocolate chopped up. 4 mins in microwave and it was delicious.
1st Jan, 2014
Made this tonight for extended family. Followed the recipe but increased the quantity two-fold. Used a 9 inch square dish and cooked in microwave (full heat, 850W) for approx 6 minutes, mixing after every1 min for first three minutes. Topped with fresh-made lemon curd (, used juice and zest of three lemons) and served with creme fresh. Came out perfect, everyone enjoyed it including the 6-year old. Definitely will be maing again, very soon!
1st Dec, 2013
Totally fab, I mixed all the dry ingredients first, then added 2 medium size eggs, to form a beautiful smooth batter. Added golden syrup to the bowl bottom, five tblspns, then carefully put batter. 3 mins 10 secs, for a perfect finish.
4th Jul, 2013
Fast and easy. Love the 1 bowl approach. Light, fresh pudding - perfect for a luncheon.
20th May, 2013
Tasty quick pud! I cooked for approx 4 minutes in all, as it wasn't fully after three minutes.
23rd Feb, 2013
this is an AMAZING recipe so fast and delicious as a alternative it tastes great if you put golden syrup in the bottom of the dish the put the mix on top and then cook in the microwave and it makes a kind of sauce!... xxx


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