School days citrus pudding

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 40 mins


Serves 4

Use lemon, lime or grapefruit in this squidgy baked dessert - a simple and nostalgic family pud

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal432
  • fat17g
  • saturates9g
  • carbs61g
  • sugars53g
  • fibre1g
  • protein8g
  • salt0.4g
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  • 50g butter, softened, plus extra for greasing



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 200g caster sugar
  • zest 2 lemons or 2 limes or 1 grapefruit



    Named for the fact that the fruits grow in grape-like bunches, grapefruits are the largest…

  • 100ml lemon, lime or grapefruit juice, or a mixture



    Oval in shape with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile…

  • 3 large eggs, separated
  • 50g plain flour
  • 250ml milk



    One of the most widely used ingredients, milk is often referred to as a 'complete' food…

  • icing sugar, for dusting (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Grease a medium-sized oval baking dish (we used 22 x 18cm) with butter. Combine the butter, caster sugar and zest in a food processor and whizz until the mixture is pale. Add the citrus juice, egg yolks, flour and milk, and whizz until well mixed – it may look a little curdled. Scrape into a bowl. Boil the kettle.

  2. In a large, clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until firm but not stiff, then gently fold into the zesty mixture. Scrape into the baking dish and put in a roasting tin half-filled with hot water from the kettle. Bake for 35-40 mins until the top is lightly browned and set, but the pudding is still soft-ish underneath. Serve dusted with icing sugar, if you like.

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7th Jul, 2020
I made this and thought I'd done it wrong because of the what I thought was an uncooked base, but reading these comments I realise it was correct and was meant to be like this, I kept putting it back in the oven... doh! It was a very light, melt-in-your-mouth tasty pudding :-)
17th Jun, 2020
Crazy wonderful (despite a ridiculous name). I did a lime version.
14th Mar, 2020
I have tried this recipe twice and keep getting a ‘curdled bottom’ instead of a lemony sauce. Any ideas about where I may be going wrong?
14th Oct, 2019
This looks terrible during the mixing phase, I thought I had done something wrong but the end result is lovely. There is a layer of lemon curd custard on the bottom. Served with blackberries.
15th Jul, 2019
Orange works to but half sugar if you use it.
9th Mar, 2019
Used a mixture of lemons and limes for this light pudding. Served with extra thick cream. Yum yum yum
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missie Torrance
7th Jul, 2018
hi. i am American,and would love to do this,(and get a subscription)but I can;t get a subscription yet,I cannot figure out the Brit measuring system--is there an easier way to transfer these measurements of the school citrus pudding to American measurements?got an Anerican version?thanks dhb in Pacific Northwest of USA
6th Mar, 2018
I really loved how easy this was. I didn't bother using a food processor for the first stage I just mixed it by hand and it turned out fine. I did find mine took an extra 10 mins in the oven but when it came out it was a perfect consistency. Nice and light on top with a sauce underneath. I perhaps found it a little too sweet for my taste so may cut down on the sugar next time, but otherwise a success!
23rd Apr, 2017
Absolutely delicious. Also known as 'Lemon Delicious' or 'Lemon Surprise'.
27th Jun, 2013
Cflithgow...I have done this recipe with limes, I prefer the taste over lemons to be honest, it was a bit sharper but I thought it worked well and cuts through the sweetness. I am not sure about grapefruit, it's my least favourite of the citrus fruits but I might give it a go, perhaps with a blood grapefruit if I can find any.


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