Whether you call it lemon delicious, lemon sponge, lemon surprise or lemon soufflé pudding, it seems everyone's mother or grandmother has turned out one of these self-saucing beauties at one time or another. It's one of those great stand-bys invaluable to the cook's repertoire. There's no need to shop for fancy ingredients as you're more than likely to have most of what's required to hand. At most, you may need to pick up a couple of lemons from the shops or, if you're lucky, pull some from the tree in the backyard. Any other citrus can be paired with the lemon. Mandarin, orange and grapefruit all work well and, when in season, blood oranges make a gloriously perfumed version. Or do as we have and add a splash of lime juice. Whatever combination you choose, just make sure there's a good whack of lemon in there; its intense sourness is what makes this dish the classic it is. Don't feel you must have individual ramekins in order to make this pudding successfully, it works just as well cooked in a large baking dish. There's a bit of magic with this childhood favourite. The simple batter, lightened with whisked eggwhites, transforms into two layers; the airy sponge layer hiding a tangy, almost curd-like sauce. The end result manages to be heart-warmingly comforting yet feather-light. Which means you can definitely go back for seconds. And that can only be a good thing. Delicious indeed.
Try this traditional winter pud with a spring twist – a refreshing splash of lime to reawaken your senses.