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Lemon Self Saucing Pudding

Everyone’s back yard lemon tree is now producing a plentiful supply of deliciously tart lemons and we are all looking for great recipes to showcase the lovely bright citrus flavour.

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I love the zingy taste of lemon, so refreshing. It reminds me of Italy in summer. We visited Italy while on a Mediterranean Cruise a few years ago and we loved the lemon growing region of the Amalfi Coast. We enjoyed a beautiful tour of this area walking around exploring, eating the local food, sampling limoncello and searching out the cutest souvenirs- invariably lemon themed. One day we had lunch high up on a cliff under grape vines with a fantastic bay view. The next day we lunched in a medieval village square by the wharf in one of the cute towns of Cinque de Terre- we enjoyed Trofie pasta with Ligurian basil pesto. It must have been the most delicious pasta I have ever tasted!

Ten countries – one tour

I love sweet dishes with a lemon flavour… particularly when it is a cake with a syrupy sauce served hot and topped with a dollop of ice cream, yoghurt or custard… there is just nothing like it.

This recipe makes a lovely light spongy cake with a thick sauce which is not too sweet and it has an intense lemon flavour. I must admit that I doubled the amount of lemon rind both in the sponge and in the sauce because I love lemon soo much but I would only recommend doing this if you are sure you will like, really like a big lemon hit.

It sounds odd to pour boiling water over a cake batter but it just works. Pop it all in the oven and the cake puffs up through the sauce and turns lightly golden brown when fully cooked- at the same time leaving a delicious sauce on the bottom.

I love seeing your creations, so if you bake this please tag @life.with.janet on Instagram so I am notified 💕



  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup milk


  • 1/3 cup caster sugar
  • 1 tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice


Pre heat oven to 180°C.

To make the pudding batter: sift flour and a pinch of salt together, add the sugar, grated lemon rind and mix well. Stir in the melted butter, vanilla and milk.

Turn this mixture into a greased oven proof dish with deep sides.

To make the sauce: sprinkle the sugar and lemon rind over the pudding mix.

Combine the boiling water and lemon juice and carefully pour over the mixture in the dish.

Bake for 30-40 minutes.

Let the pudding stand for a few minutes before serving.


I used the juice from the two lemons I had grated the rind from plus one more lemon- total of juice from 3 lemons

It appears to be easier to add the liquid if you pour it onto the back of a spoon laid across the pudding.


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