Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lemon delicious IS delicious

Have you ever ordered a dish at a restaurant and not expected too much of it, but then you taste it and the fireworks go off on your tastebuds?

This happened to me when I tried the Lemon Delicious at Felix bistro last year (drool over the dish here). I’d always imagined lemon delicious to be a rather old-fashioned granny dish, but it’s not; it’s deceptively light and tangy and zingy and, yes, maybe just a bit reminiscent of another era.

I was pretty happy, then, to find a recipe that produced that same ka-boom! effect as the dessert at Felix. I’ve reduced the sugar in this version to highlight the sharp lemony goodness and the result is a dessert that’s not too sweet and will have you coming back for more (if there's any left).

Lemon delicious pudding
makes 4 serves

40g butter
½ cup caster sugar
Grated rind of 1 lemon, plus 70ml lemon juice
2 eggs, separated
40g plain flour
¾ cup milk
Icing sugar, to dust

1. Preheat oven to 180C (160C fan-forced). Grease 4x1 ½ cup soufflé dishes or ramekins OR one 6-cup capacity baking dish.
2. Place butter, sugar and lemon rind in a food processor and mix until pale and creamy. Add lemon juice, egg yolks, flour and then the milk one at a time, processing well after addition of each ingredient, until a smooth batter forms.
3. Using electric beaters, beat eggwhites until soft peaks form. Lightly fold in the lemon batter.
4. Pour mixture into prepared dishes and place in a large baking pan. Pour enough hot water into the baking pan to come halfway up the sides of the dishes. Bake for 25-30 minutes (or for 35-40 minutes if using a large dish), until top is lightly browned and set, with a creamy lemon curd underneath. Remove dishes from the pan. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

recipe adapted from BBC Australian Good Food

Ingredients: Flour, milk, eggs, sugar, lemon, butter

Place the prepared batter into small ramekins then place in a water bath before baking. The puddings do not rise very much, so there is no need to grease the ramekins all the way to the top like I did.

Golden goodness... but just wait until you dig in...

Light, fluffy sponge cake with warm lemon curd at the bottom

A dessert that lives up to its name, this really IS delicious


  1. ohhh tangy and zingy is my kinda thing!! these look so simple yet SO good. im sure fireworks would go off in my mouth how the batter is still a bit wet at the bottom of the ramekin!

  2. I'm always a bit wary of dishes that proxclaim how good they are in the title...but this does actually look delicious.

  3. I love this dessert! Your looks delicious, love the two layers of lemony flavor.
    Hope you are having a fantastic week Bel :-)

  4. Ive wanted to make this pud for a while as my ma hinted (well actually has more told me multiple times!) that its her favourite. That put a lot of pressure on then so I havnt dared try it!! But the fact you say this lives up to the restaurant standard is perfect, and if i get the guts to try it then this will 100% be the recipe i try :) Seriously gorgeous

  5. Now here's a blast from the past. Last time I made this was in home ec in 1987! Oh man, gimme some now!

  6. Yum yum yum! Lemon is my absolute favorite. Love simple fresh flavors like this.

  7. I love lemons but I still remember being surprised at the lovely texture of a lemon delicious pudding :)

  8. I LOVE lemon delicious...childhood memories, chilly nights, tart it

  9. I've never had a lemon delicious before. Now you mad me want one! Your work here is done ;)

  10. My other half adores lemon delicious, will have to bake a batch. Thanks for sharing.

  11. simple and so delicious. I sure like to dig in!

  12. Ah memories of my Grandma making me this are flooding back! Thanks for this!!

  13. Questo dolce è fantastico, complimenti!!

  14. Love a good lemon delicious - it's the closest thing I'll eat to a pudding =p

  15. This looks so good. Unfortunately I have never tried lemon delicious pudding!
    But, I have written down a shopping list:) So I think I shall make it tomorrow or even today. I'm excited!

  16. I looove lemon! I am sure I'm gonna make this recipe! (water in my mouth already) Thanks for sharing!