Lemon delicious pudding

Lemon delicious pudding

Vanessa Levis

Generations of readers have written in praising this lemon delicious recipe, sometimes called lemon surprise pudding because underneath the sponge topping is a creamy lemon sauce. However, the surprise will only be there if the pudding is cooked the right amount. Too much and the sauce will be lost, too little and there won’t be enough sponge topping. If there doesn’t seem to be enough sponge, return the dish to the oven for a little longer.


Quantity Ingredient
100g butter, softened
1 large orange, grated rind and juice
150g caster sugar
3 eggs, separated
75g self-raising flour, sifted
1 1/4 cups milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Butter four 1-cup individual ramekins.
  2. Using an electric mixer, cream the butter with the lemon rind and sugar. When it is creamy and light, beat in the egg yolks. Stir in the sifted flour alternately with the milk.
  3. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the mixture with the lemon juice, lightly yet thoroughly.
  4. Pour into the prepared ramekins and bake for about 40 minutes. Serve hot with thick cream.


  • Large lemon delicious pudding

    Spoon the mixture into a greased 3–4 cup casserole or pie dish (about 20 cm in diameter) and bake in a preheated 180°C oven for 45–50 minutes.


  • For a pretty effect on individual puddings, have ready metal skewers that have been heated to red-hot over a naked flame or on the stove element. As soon as the puddings come out of the oven, dust the tops with sifted icing sugar. Holding the skewers with an oven mitt, scorch the tops of the puddings quickly with the skewers. Do this one skewer at a time, leaving the other skewers on the heat as you work, to form a crosshatch pattern on the top of each pudding.
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