Prompts from several different sources inspired me to make a Lemon Delicious pudding yesterday.
First, a Facebook group post encouraged members to make a post recipes for a childhood favourite food.
Second, my brother, sister and brother-in-law were coming for dinner. What better, than to share a dessert from our common childhood memories?
Third, another Facebook group discusses how our grandparents lived, including cooking and preparing food.
I had not made Lemon Delicious since 2012 when I began eating a gluten-free diet, however, I was not going to let that stop me.
I have posted the recipe for Lemon Delicious on the blog previously. See here. Unfortunately the photos have disappeared from the old post and I am unable to retrieve them.
So, here it is again – with the addition of the gluten-free option.
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons plain flour (use gluten-free flour if required)
Juice and rind of 1 lemon
1 cup milk
Cream the butter and sugar. Add flour, juice and rind. Mix well. Separate the eggs, add yolks and milk to mixture. Place the whites in a separate bowl and beat until stiff. Fold the beaten egg white into the mixture. Pour into an ovenproof dish. Stand the dish in a tray of water (about 2-3cm deep) and place in a moderate oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is firm to touch and golden.
The finished product is like a lemon self-saucing pudding. This can be served warm or cold with ice-cream, cream or custard.
As a nod to past generations, I did not use my Kitchen Aid mixer to cream the butter and sugar. I used a bowl and tablespoon – hard but satisfying work. I also beat the egg whites using a hand-held rotary beater. The results were equally as good as any I have made previously using electric appliances.
The ‘sauce’ of the pudding was somewhat thicker than other efforts and I think this was probably due to using gluten-free flour which does tend to absorb more moisture. I would probably ad the juice of another half a lemon in order to rectify this. Despite this, the pudding was extremely well-received by the dinner guests and I will definitely be making it again before too long – especially as the lemon trees are absolutely laden with fruit.