May 23, 2010

Lemon Delicious

Some of my favourite childhood memories are of mum cooking Lemon Delicious pudding. Our next door neighbour at the time, Pat, used to be able to instinctively know when mum was planning to cook a Lemon Delicious and he would come knocking on the back door.

It really is a pudding from a different time. It uses all basic ingredients to produce something...well...delicious. Completely from my Gran's era...from war time...when sugar, flour, eggs, butter and the lemon tree were on hand.

Mum makes the pudding really well. She says that there's an art to it...and she's right. This is my first attempt and I got lots of lemon sauce and not much pudding. It was tasty though, so there were no complaints. I'll just have to cook it again.

Lemon Delicious
(From The Schauer Australian Cookery Book by Amy Schauer p. 383)

Cream 1 large tablespoon of butter and 1 cup of sugar together, add the yolks of 2 eggs, rind and juice of 1 large lemon. Add 2 tablespoons of sieved flour and beat in slowly 1 cup of milk. Lastly add the stiffly-beaten whites of the 2 eggs. Pour into a greased pie-dish. Stand in a pan of hot water and bake for about 3/4 hour in a moderate oven. When finished, the top is like a baked cake in appearance, and the underneath is like a thick lemon cheese.

To serve ten people double the quantity.

I decided to cook a Lemon Delicious because my mum's uncle Dooley has a lemon tree and sent mum home with LOADS of lemons from Toowoomba. The thing with the lemons that Dooley grows is that they are seriously juicy. When you cut them open you can't believe that such a small fruit can hold so much juice.

Juicing the lemons

This is one of my favourite photos :) So full of promise.

In the oven

All cooked. I always find that the water bath is really heavy to lift in and out of the oven. I really do need to devise or find a better way. The pudding looks so good!!!

All baked and golden

It was lemony and delicious for sure...just needs more cake on top. I think next time round I am going to try using self raising flour and see what that does to the final product.

Ready to eat


  1. Oh that looks great! I've never had that before!

  2. We call this Lemon Pudding Cake in the States but you know what they say about a rose by any other name. It is one of my absolute favorites. Thanks for reminding me of this delicious recipe. Great blog.

  3. Oh, I love this dessert! It's great in a chocolate version, too. Found you through the Foodie BlogRoll, and love the nice, simple, but delicious dishes ... :)