Thursday, June 12, 2008

Lemon Delicious

With the decidedly cooler weather upon us, puddings have become the order of the day to help satisfy those sweet cravings. This one certainly lives up to its name - Lemon Delicious. It is amazingly simple to make but the end result really does need to be tasted to understand just how good it is.

It is put in the oven as a fairly slack batter but a little miracle happens as it cooks - the batter separates into a light and fluffy sponge topping a thick, sweet but tangy lemon sauce.

It really is a classic dessert so I've used a classic recipe from the AWW's Bake cookbook.

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Lemon Delicious
[Serves 6]

125 grams melted butter, cooled
2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
330 grams caster sugar
3 egg yolks
75 grams self-raising flour, sifted
80mls lemon juice
330mls milk
3 egg whites

Pour the butter into a bowl and stir in the lemon zest followed by the sugar. Once incorporated, stir in the egg yolks.

Sprinkle over the sifted flour and lemon juice and stir until combined. Slowly add the milk a little at a time to ensure you get a smooth batter - the mixture will be quite runny so don't be alarmed.

In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites until soft peaks form. Slacken the batter with a spoonful of egg white and then fold in the rest.

Pour the mixture evenly into 6 individual soufflé dishes (or you can use one large baking dish).

Place the dishes on a baking tray and pour in enough water so that it comes halfway up the sides of the soufflé dish.

Bake in a preheated 180°C/350°F for about 35 - 45 minutes, depending on the size of the dishes used. The surface should be golden brown and puffed and beginning to pull away from the sides of the dish.

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Let them rest for a couple of minutes, dust with icing sugar and serve at once. One bite and you're sure to agree, these are delicious!

8 comments:

  1. a Margaret Fulton classic! When I was a kid, coming home from school and learning that Lemon Delicious was on the menu that night was a huge treat. A winter fave in our household too.A great post.

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  2. That looks really delicious.

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  3. Mmmmmm, lovely! I do like lemony desserts, much more than chocolate ones :P

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  4. Thanks Msmoo - it's a shame to only enjoy it in winter ;)

    Thanks Katie.

    Thanks Holler - I think this would sway even chocolate lovers to the lemony side!

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  5. oh I haven't made lemon delicious in so long and it truly is delicious. I will have to make this as soon as possible and bring back some of those childhood memories.

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  6. Hi Susan - it's a truly lovely dish

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  7. AnonymousJune 17, 2009

    Beautiful puding - haven't made it for a while. But going to make it this week, as I remember how lovely it was.

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  8. oh i do adore this delicious lemony treat,
    im going to make it this very instant !
    Thanks !

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