Saturday, January 7, 2012

Lemon Delicious Pudding Recipe

Lemon Delicious 

With a name like that it better be delicious. And that’s for you to find out.

Lemon delicious seems to have originated in Australia. You must wonder what kind of a dessert is a ‘delicious’. It is a golden sponge with a creamy lemon sauce. Very light and lemony, crusty on the outside and creamy on the inside. You can also call this lemon soufflé pudding or lemon sponge. 

I used lime instead of lemon. For me lemon and lime are not too different. I think any other citrus can be substituted. Orange delicious, mandarin delicious and grapefruit delicious all sound delicious. 

The recipe requires self raising flour. In case you don't have self raising flour a substitute is 1 cup flour, 1½ teaspoon baking powder and ¼ teaspoon salt. 

Juice of 2 lemons are required. If you are using bottled (pre-squeezed) lemon juice, use 2 - 3 tablespoons.

I froze part of the batter and baked them later two different ways:
  1. Fully defrosted and without a water bath: the lemon delicious rose but collapsed rather quickly. I baked it for about 20 minutes only, it was well browned outside and more moist inside compared with a normal one. Still very delicious and light, though not as light as the normal one. Because it rose and collapsed it was more concentrated, hence slightly sweeter
  2. Frozen and without a water bath: it was very similar to the defrosted lemon delicious, except that it took much longer.
Recipe adopted from Stephanie Alexander. Stephanie Alexander is a legendary Australian chef and she calls her version the “Ultimate Lemon Delicious Pudding”. The only change I made to her recipe was reducing the amount of sugar from 1½ cups to 1 cup. I looked at many different recipes. The main difference I found was the amount of milk and flour used. Other recipes that I liked but didn’t follow are at Gourmet Traveller (uses more flour and milk) and Masterchef Australia (uses slightly more flour and slightly less milk).

Lemon Delicious 

Ingredients
1 cup castor sugar (original recipe suggests 1½ cups)
60 g butter
2 lemons
3 eggs, separated
3 tablespoons self-raising flour
1½ cups milk

To serve: icing sugar and/or cream

Directions
  1. Heat oven to 180°C/355°C
  2. Butter a 1 litre oven proof dish or 6 individual ramekins.
  3. Zest 1 of the lemons and juice both.
  4. Cream butter with zest and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition
  5. Add flour and milk alternately in batches and beat well until a smooth batter forms. Add citrus juices and beat until just combined.
  6. In a separate bowl, whisk eggwhites until stiff peaks form. Fold one third of the eggwhites through batter to lighten, add remaining eggwhites and fold in gently until just combined. The batter may seem very runny, do not panic!
  7. Pour batter into prepared dish. Place in a deep roasting pan and pour in enough hot water to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. 
  8. Bake until puffed and golden. I baked in a ramekin and it was ready to rock and roll in 35 minutes. The recipe suggests 1 hour if one large dish is used instead of a ramekin.
  9. Serve immediately. You can serve with a dusting of icing sugar or cream
Lemon Delicious 

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25 comments:

  1. Delicious is the perfect name for this lovely little sweet. I can taste it now and it looks so beautiful and so good!

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  2. I love the name. Looks delicious indeed, am definitely trying it myself with lemon or lime :)

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  3. I've never heard of this before. Sounds "delicious"! I can see using any citrus in this also. A comforting type dessert for sure!!

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  4. It's so pretty! Great job on the recipe. :)

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  5. that sponge looks so gorgeous! lemony goodness!

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  6. Yum! Back to getting excited :D I wonder if my wonky oven would work with a souffle. I've always feared it'll sink before it even starts to rise and puff up. I guess there's only one way to find out until Santa makes his next trip.

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  7. If that tastes as delicious as it looks, it is most aptly named!

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  8. Such perfection! Looks so creamy and ready to melt in your mouth. :)

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  9. Gorgeous Lime Delicious! I'd love the lime version, but would make the lemon for hubby! Beautifully done~

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  10. Sue: thank you, you have to try it

    Georgie: it is the perfect name!

    Soni: thank you

    Baking Addict: good luck!

    Savoringeverybite: for some strange reason its not really well known.

    Jackie: thank you

    Richa: thank you

    ping: I am sure your soufflé will be just perfect, your oven produces miracles with every other thing you cook:)
    Just make sure you get the letter to Santa in time, before Xmas, unlike last year:)

    Laura: it is aptly named!

    Baker Street: it did melt in the mouth

    Lizzy: thank you. Its easy enough to do versions with different citrus

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  11. Oh. My. Goodness. This looks SO good. I will definitely have to make this for my Mom who is the Queen of all things lemon and dessert related. Wow!

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  12. this looks like a cross between a souffle and a custard!!! yummy! :D sending some #citruslove to you :). glad you joined us for the bloghop~!

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  13. Junia so true. I was trying to think how would I describe it but you nailed it. It looks delciious. Happy blog hopping!

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  14. I have never seen this delicious dessert before, but wow, it sounds amazing! Definitely does look like a souffle' and a custard:-) Hugs, Terra

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  15. This looks phenomenal...a souffle, custard and cake all in one! Love it! Thanks for cohosting #citruslove with us!

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  16. This looks soo tempting! I love all kinds of cream dessert & this looks really tasty!

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  17. This Lemon delicious must be delicious! I enjoy lemon desserts especially in summer and this kind I love the most :) It's great you can actually freeze for later use! Yum :)

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  18. I like that you've changed it into a lime delicious! Looks absolutely amazing!

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  19. Lovely!!! Looks as delicious as its name....

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  20. I just LOVE lemon delicious, and yours looks really good! And I love that you used lime! Bolder... The texture looks fabulous... Thanks for sharing!

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  21. This looks delicious, I will try it out. Thanks for the recipe.

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