Old Fashioned Lemon Sponge Pudding


This recipe is from the cookbook Pearls from Jo Seagar’s Kitchen I received from our good friends Anne and Hepke Van der Sluis  when we visited them in New Zealand years ago. I’ve had this book for a while now and have tried a couple of recipes. They are simply written and the ingredients are readily available. One of my favorites is this lemon sponge pudding.   It has a sponge-like top with a thick lemon sauce underneath. It taste wonderful!


  • 50 g butter, melted (about half a stick)
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • juice and grated peel of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 3/4 powdered or caster sugar
  • 3/4 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C).
  2. In a bowl, beat butter, lemon juice, grated lemon peel and egg yolks until mixed.
  3. Add  1/2 cup sugar and all the flour, stir, then add milk and continue beating. Set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until stiff.  Add the rest of the sugar and beat again.
  5. Combine the two mixtures and transfer to a baking dish. Place in a water bath and bake for one hour until top is light brown.
  6. Remove and let cool in wire rack. Serve with ice cream or whipped cream.

This is so good and easy I will be trying this with mango puree next time.

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» lisaiscooking said: { Apr 15, 2009 - 10:04 }

This sounds fantastic, and I love lemon!

» Elyse said: { Apr 18, 2009 - 01:04 }

Lemon sponge pudding sounds fabulous–and it looks even better! I want to try this recipe right away. I’m pretty sure it’d be a dangerous thing for me to sit with this pudding and a spoon–I might eat it all.

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