What’s cooking today: Hot lime pudding

What’s cooking today: Hot lime pudding
Tony Jackman’s hot lime pudding. (Photo: Tony Jackman)

The lime is big in flavour, heady in aroma, and imposes its sweet deliciousness on any dish in a way that makes it clear that it is present. When the winter grips your soul, make this hot lime pudding to warm you up.

Citrus and winter go together like rugs and hugs. Lime has a particular flair and zest and makes for a winning flavour in a hot pudding such as this one. The sweetness and the bitter tang of lime zest somehow conspire to make a bit of magic. This recipe pairs well with this column.


75 g butter

175 g castor sugar

3 large eggs, separated

75 g self-raising flour

Juice and grated zest of 6 limes

200 ml full cream milk

For the lime syrup:

2 limes, thinly sliced and then quartered

½ cup sugar

½ cup water


Preheat the oven to 180℃.

Whisk the butter and castor sugar in a large bowl until pale.

Separate the eggs. Beat the yolks and gradually stir into the butter and sugar mixture, then alternately fold sifted flour, lime juice and zest in, and then fold in the milk.

In a second bowl, whisk the egg whites to soft peak stage and fold into the mixture. It is likely to curdle, which is fine.

Grease a 1.75 litre oven dish and pour the mixture in. 

Bake it in the centre of the oven for 50 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Meanwhile, bring the water and sugar to a gentle boil while stirring until all the sugar has dissolved. Put the pieces of lime in and simmer very gently until the liquid has reduced by half.

Reheat this just before serving and spoon it over the servings in their bowls, or pour it directly onto the pudding as you would for a citrus drizzle cake. DM/TGIFood

Tony Jackman is Galliova Food Champion 2021. His book, foodSTUFF, is available in the DM Shop. Buy it here

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