Magic Lemon and Syrup Pudding

This is my latest variation on the Magic Chocolate Pudding. I felt like a change (yes, even I can occasionally want something that isn’t chocolate!) and this fitted the bill perfectly. It’s just as easy as the original, still cooks in next to no time and tastes delicious. This version is delicious served with homemade dairy-free custard or with a scoop of Swedish Glace Vanilla Ice Cream.

As before, you will need a mixing bowl, a glass bowl/dish (it has to be glass as it’s going in the microwave) and  a measuring jug. No scales, no whisks, nothing … dead simple.

Recipe: Magic Lemon and Syrup Pudding


  • 4 tbsp self-raising flour
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp soya or almond milk
  • 3 tbsp flavourless oil eg sunflower/rapeseed
  • 4 tbsp Golden Syrup (at least, depends on how gooey you want it!)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • juice and zest of 1 lemon


    1. Put the flour, and sugar in the bowl and stir thoroughly until they are evenly mixed.
    2. Stir through the lemon zest.
    3. Measure the milk into the jug, then add the oil and vanilla mix well with a fork.
    4. Add the egg to the jug and beat it all lightly with a fork until it is all blended.
    5. Just before you are about to mix the whole pudding, add the lemon juice to the jug and mix.
    6. Pour the liquid ingredients into the bowl with the dry stuff and mix it all up with a large spoon.
    7. Pour it into the greased bowl/dish.
    8. Put the bowl in microwave and cook for 4 mins on 1000 watts (high).
    9. Allow it to cool for a minute or two before serving.

    Quick Notes

    This one doesn’t turn out! I serve it at the table so the guests get to see the gorgeous gooeyness of the syrup at the bottom of the pudding.

    I tend to mix the dry stuff and get the jug full of liquid ingredients ready early (minus the lemon juice as it will curdle the milk if left), then just throw them together and into the microwave as we start to eat the main course. That way, it’s cooled just enough to be eaten by the time we’re ready for it and the microwave is available for making custard.

    You will need to increase the cooking time by increments of 1 minute if your microwave is lower than 1000 watts. I found that an 800 watt microwave took 5½ mins.

    Preparation time (duration): 5 minutes

    Cooking time (duration): 4 minutes

    Diet type: Dairy-free

    Number of servings (yield): 6

    Meal type: dessert

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2 comments to Magic Lemon and Syrup Pudding

  • Clare

    Hi there great website Are you using kitchen Spoon Measure which you buy in a pack of 5. And do you level off the spoon or rounded or heaped tnx

  • Hi Clare,

    Hi Clare,

    A 15ml tablespoon from a set of measuring spoons is ideal, but an old-fashioned deep tablespoon also works fine. Level tablespoons are usual. This is an old recipe which comes from a time before fancy measuring sets were easily available. What is important is the ratio: as long as you use the same tablespoon, levelled off in the same way, you will be fine.

    I hope you enjoy the pudding,

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