Returning from the gorgeous Amalfi Coast where lemon trees seemed to adorn every hillside, heavily laden with ripened fruit, I was inspired to do something with lemons. It is however, not yet warm enough to do a lemon sorbet or something naughty with the mildly addictive and delicious Italian lemon liqueur, Limoncello (both of these things are coming though, I promise) but I happened on this pudding recipe which manages to combine being oh so very, very light, fluffy and zesty with being gently comforting. Delving my spoon into the ‘still warm from the oven’ loveliness that is baked lemon pudding, the grey English skies didn’t seem so dreary after all. It’s also beyond easy and took next to no effort – perfect for the first day blogging after a week’s pampering. Give it a go!
Serves 4 – 6
What you need…
1 x 1 litre ovenproof dish, lightly buttered
1 x deep roasting tin
Kettle of boiling water
90g unsalted butter, cut into cubes
130g caster sugar
3 large eggs, separated
Zest and juice of 2 unwaxed lemons
30g plain flour
What to do…
Preheat the oven to 190° c / 375°f / gas 5.
Using an electric hand held whisk, beat the egg whites in a bowl until stiff and glossy. Set aside.
Chuck into your food processor the butter and sugar and whizz until softened and pale in colour. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, fully incorporating each one before adding the next. Keep whizzing and add the lemon zest and then the flour. Still whizzing, slowly tip in the lemon juice and then the milk – it will be a really sloshy mixture – don’t worry.
Tip the sloshy mixture into the egg whites and, using a balloon whisk, very gently fold the two together.
Carefully pour the mixture into your ovenproof dish and put the dish in the roasting tin. Pour boiling water into the roasting tin until it’s about 2cm deep. Pop the whole lot into the oven and bake for 35 – 45 minutes or until it’s golden brown (I left mine in for 40 minutes so whilst the inside tasted sublime, the top was a bit too dark – ovens vary!)
Cool slightly before serving this deliciously easy, light and tangy lemon pud. Enjoy!
Very, very easy and a complete joy!