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Sour cream lemon syrup pudding

Sour cream and Lemon syrup puddings.

This is a great alternative to the traditional Christmas pudding. 

The lemon syrup that is poured over these puddings just before you serve them gives it a delicious moistness and the fragrant citrus flavour is irresistible. It also works with oranges instead of lemons and you can replace the sour cream with yoghurt.

You can bake the puddings in advance but don’t make the sugar syrup until you wish to eat it. The pudding reheats well in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. I like to serve it with a dollop of sweetened cream or yoghurt and some poached fruit such as apples or pears.

Ingredients - Pudding

125 g Butter
150 g Caster sugar
200 g Plain flour
3 Eggs
1 tsp Baking powder
125 g Sour cream, or natural yogurt
1 Lemon, large, finely zested, plus 1 tbsp juice

Ingredients - Lemon syrup

100 ml Lemon juice
1/2 cup Caster sugar
100 ml Water


  • Heat the oven to 160C. Grease and flour 8 ramekins or one 20cm cake tin (lined with baking paper).
  • Using your hands, rub together the butter, sugar, flour and baking powder until pale crumbs form. Make a well in the middle and mix in one egg at a time until incorporated.
  • Stir through the sour cream or yoghurt. Then the lemon and lemon zest.
  • Pour into the ramekins or cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes until a skewer comes out clean.
  • For the lemon syrup, put the lemon juice, sugar and water in a small pot and simmer until thickened (coats the back of a spoon). As soon as the cakes come out of the oven, spoon over the syrup. Serve with freshly whipped cream.

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Celia Hay

Celia is a qualified chef and holds the WSET (London) Diploma of Wine. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Master of Education (Distinction) and MBA Master of Business Administration from the University of Canterbury.

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