No time to make a pudding? – 14 minutes from start to finish is all you need …..
It was while I was reading through the list of requirements for the Credit Crunch Munch Challenge that I remembered this super quick lemon sponge pudding that I used to make many (many) years ago. It was back when microwaves were still quite fashionable and we used to cook a whole meal in about 12 minutes, unlike nowadays where we tend to use them more for reheating and defrosting food. I had just started out on my own and only had a microwave and an electric frying pan with which to do all my cooking. This lemon ‘ping’ pudding was a firm favourite both because it was so quick and it could be used so many different ways. I don’t think you’d win any prizes for the best sponge pudding if you were to enter a competition but once you add a sauce over the top and serve with custard, cream or ice cream – well who cares about perfection. I’ve even cooked some apples with sugar and lemon juice, put them in the dish with the sponge mixture on top and cooked for 4 minutes to give me a super quick Eves Pudding. Add some cocoa powder and chocolate and you have a quick chocolate pudding which is great with a bit of chocolate sauce over the top. It is also a really easy pudding for kids to make because they don’t have to use the oven and it’s ready before you’ve even had a chance to tidy up their mess.
- 100 g butter
- 100 g caster sugar
- 100 g self raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 large eggs
- zest from 1 lemon
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 4 tblsp lemon curd
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and creamy.
- Add the flour, baking powder, vinegar, eggs, lemon zest and vanilla and mix until well incorporated.
- Spoon into a microwave-proof baking dish.
- Microwave on High for 3 – 4 minutes until set and a skewer comes out clean.
- Leave to rest for 1 minute.
- Turn out onto a serving plate.
- Meanwhile, heat the lemon curd in the microwave for 30 seconds..
- Pour over the top of the sponge pudding and serve with vanilla ice cream.
As this pudding only takes 4 minutes to cook in the microwave I am going to enter it into the Credit Crunch Munch Challenge which is hosted by the lovely Camilla over at Fab food 4 All and Helen over at Fuss Free Flavours.