Fastest ever lemon pudding

Fastest ever lemon pudding

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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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11th Feb, 2013
This was so easy and so tasty I made it with golden syrup. whole family loved it. I will defo be making this again with chocolate sauce and the lemon version. yum yum .
21st Jan, 2013
Fab as a chocolate sponge, amazingly fast and very yummy! Only drawback is the calories!!
11th Nov, 2012
I've never thought I'd make a pudding solely using a microwave. Surprisingly nice. Followed recipe for cake to the letter but didn't have any lemon curd so made some. Served hot with dollop of vanilla ice cream. Very nice. Will definitely make again when not planned a dessert and kids and husband expecting one!!
11th Nov, 2012
made the chocolate sponge..... yumm
2nd Oct, 2012
you can use vegatarian suet or suet instead of butter with a bit of milk instead makes the sponge more fluffy
23rd Sep, 2012
THIS, is one of the BEST puddings EVER!!! My 12 year old made it all in one bowl today after Sunday lunch; AMAZINGLY fast and simple. We had it with creme fraiche and vanilla ice cream. We can't wait to try the chocolate one. Thanks for a great recipe.
19th Sep, 2012
This really is a great store cupboard recipe just made this but after 3 mins in the microwave I felt it needed another minute.. Took 4mins to make and another 4mins to scoff completely.
5th Sep, 2012
This is a firm favourite in our household...the children are always asking for when we can have it next ! I agree with some of the previous comments about the cooking time taking a little longer than stated (800w microwave) however I keep cooking for about a minute or so beyond the time stated and use a skewer to test the sponge at regular intervals until it comes clean. I have also made it with a homemade butterscotch sauce...also a big hit !!
30th Jun, 2012
I've made both lemon and chocolate versions of this sponge and it is delicious either way! Going to try a few variations to find my favourite. Perfect for when you are in a hurry or just in the mood for something yummy. :)
6th May, 2012
I made the chocolate version of this for pudding today. I was pleasantly surprised how light and tasty it was. Will def do this fast and simple to make. I left out the vanilla essence and reduced flour by 25g due to addition of cocoa. I also put in choc chips and served with ice cream. Would serve with a choc sauce next time to make it more delish! :)


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