27 August 2015

Magical Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes

Magical Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes / www.delightfulrepast.com

Since childhood I've been fascinated by pudding cakes that magically form two layers from just one batter. This one was inspired by America's Test Kitchen and several others, and I made it 4 servings rather than my usual 8 in order to fit in my toaster oven for cool baking on a hot day.

What is more refreshing than lemon on a hot summer day? Especially Meyer lemon (but you can use whatever lemons you happen to have). And I've made this as no-fuss as possible because who wants to be slaving over a hot stove--and then afterward, over a hot sink!--in weather like this? If you don't have a toaster oven and an immersion blender, just use a regular oven and a mixer.

I can't decide which is my favorite part--the airy layer of cake on top or the luscious layer of lemon pudding on the bottom. Are you a lemon fan?

Magical Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes / www.delightfulrepast.com

Magical Meyer Lemon Pudding Cakes

(Makes 4 servings)

2/3 cup milk (I always use organic 2%)
1/3 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
3 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour

1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
Pinch of salt
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
2 large eggs, separated
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice

1 In small saucepan heat milk and cream to a simmer. Stir in lemon zest; cover and steep for 15 minutes. Strain into a small bowl or 1-cup glass measure.

2 Preheat toaster oven or oven to 325F/165C/Gas3. Place a dishcloth in the bottom of an 8x8x2-inch baking dish. Set four 7-ounce ramekins in the dish. Add cold tap water to the dish to reach about 1/3 up the sides of the ramekins.

3 In small bowl whisk together 1/3 cup sugar, flour, salt and baking powder. Add yolks, vanilla extract and lemon juice. whisk just until smooth, then whisk in milk and cream.

4 With immersion blender's whisk attachment in place, whisk the two egg whites for about a minute on low speed until they're getting foamy, then about a minute on high speed to soft peaks. Gradually whisk in 3 tablespoons sugar. Do not overbeat egg whites; if beaten to stiff peaks they will not fold in well.

5 Whisk about a fourth of the whites into the batter to lighten it, then lightly fold in the remaining whites. Pour into ramekins, nearly to the top. Bake for about 30 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of one of the puddings should register 172F/78C.

6 Cool in water bath for 10 minutes, then remove ramekins to wire rack to cool completely. It could be served slightly warm or cold, but I like it best at room temperature. Just before serving, dust with powdered sugar.

46 comments:

Thomas "Sully" Sullivan said...

“The Lemon Pie Kid” here. The happiest conflict in the history of war is the clash of tart lemons and sweet sugar. If you are what you eat, this kind of sums up what makes me a paradox. So, tell you what. You consume all that aerated flower/eggs/water mix called “cake” and just sort of leave that lemony glurp on the bottom for this here bottom-feeder. Yup. I’ll just take care of things from there. Mmm-hmmm. Yup. For sure. Don’t forget to leave a spoon laying around. Or a shovel. Shovel works.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sully, I thought you might like this one (or at least parts of it)! Don't forget, the cakey layer is very lemony also.

Richard Sheppard said...

This looks/sounds delicious! My wife loves lemony thing and with it being flourless, I think she'll like it even more.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Richard, thank you! It does have 3 tablespoons of flour, but she can easily substitute 1 tablespoon each sorghum flour, tapioca flour and potato starch.

Jacquelineand.... said...

Oh yum, I think I'm in love! Lemon? Yes please.

By the by, the kidling made your beef stroganoff last night. She called to tell me it's better than mine, lol. You can have her now. ;-)

Bob Toovey said...

These look totally delish! I like your suggestions on swapping the flour out. Helpful if you can reduce the gluten. Certainly goes on my list of things to make!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Awww, Jacqueline, thank you! I'm sure your kidling would be a joy to me as well as to you! Be sure to tell her to leave a comment sometime (and let me know she's yours).

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Bob, thanks so much! I hope you'll let me know how they turned out for you.

Cranberry Morning said...

I am a huge fan of lemon and these look delicious!! I would definitely need small ramekins because my 'Full' meter doesn't work well when it comes to anything lemon.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Judy! I know what you mean--something lemon never feels like too much!

Angie Schneider said...

I adore a good sweet tangy lemon treat. These look so delicious, Jean.

whiteangel said...

They do look inviting. I do like lemon in certain things..

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Angie, thanks! Tangy is good!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

whiteangel, thank you! I served them to guests last night and they said they were the perfect thing for a hot summer evening.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Jean, your lemon pudding cakes sound wonderful. I will have to save this recipe. Thanks for sharing. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend! PS, thanks for the visit.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Eileen! I like that it's just made by hand, except for the beating the egg whites part -- and one could do that by hand as well, but my beating arm is having issues!

Stephanie said...

Sweet Jean, these are incredibly beautiful and lemon is such a refreshing flavor. Thanks for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Have a delightful weekend!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Stephanie! They go so nicely with one of my yellow tea sets (and that's what really counts, right?!).

Amy at love made my home said...

Exactly the sort of thing I like to eat! xx

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Amy! Whip some up soon!

Carol Preibis said...

Jean, Thanks for another great recipe! My Pinterest board is overflowing with your terrific contributions. I LOVE lemon pudding cake, and your recipe sounds superb!
Wishing you well, Carol

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Carol, thank you so much! AND for the Pins -- much appreciated, especially because I haven't quite figured out how to use it. All my best to you!

April J Harris said...

As you know, Jean, I adore lemon :-) Your Lemon Pudding Cakes look gorgeous - I like the individual servings. I make a larger lemon pudding cake from my Grandma's recipe. I like the addition of the cream in this recipe and I'm such a fan of individual serving size desserts. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul hop.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

April, thank you! Funny, I was watching an episode of Great British Bakeoff yesterday, and the two hostesses were making much (funny voices and all) of the recipe challenge to the bakers: self-saucing cakes. I'm afraid if I made your grandmother's large pudding, I'd eat too much. That's one of the reasons I favor individual desserts. No self-control! :D

Swathi Iyer said...

Anything with Lemon is my favorite Jean, I have lemon in my lemon tree,may be I can try this recipe, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Swathi! I hope you'll like it as much as we do. It's a firm favorite in our family.

Lauren @ Create Bake Make said...

I'm a HUGE lemon fan and can't wait to try this recipe! Thanks so much for linking up with us for Fabulous Foodie Fridays, I hope you have a great week :)

Lavender and Lime (http://tandysinclair.com) said...

I have never tried a Pudding Cake before! So going to do this soon :)

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I have a recipe for lemon pudding cake from a very old cookbook of mine, and I haven't made it in years. Your version looks fabulous, Jean, and I'm like you, in using my toaster oven for smaller batches.
Thank you for your visit to my blog. Your comments are always appreciated.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks, Kitty! I've been getting a lot of use out of my toaster oven lately -- anything to keep the house cooler!

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile said...

I love anything with lemon in it! And who on earth can say no to a mini dessert!? xx

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Then put the kettle on, Lucy, I'll bring a batch over!

Stephanie said...

Hi sweet Jean! It's always a delight to have you join Roses of Inspiration. This was such a fabulous recipe that I'm glad you shared it again :) Hugs to you!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Stephanie, thanks! I always love looking at all your tea things and crafts. And this is one of my favorite recipes because it goes so well with tea!

Val said...

These look delicious and like the perfect treat at the end of a summer day. Stopping by from the Country Fair Blog Party!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Val, thank you! And thanks for letting me know how you found me; I'm always curious about that.

Bev Carter said...

We love all things lemon and these look special. I can't wait to try them.
Thanks for sharing at Turn it Up Tuesday,
Bev

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Bev, thank you so much! Let me know how they turn out for you.

The Mommies Reviews said...

As much as I hate Lemons and Lemon drinks I do like Lemon Cakes and Breads. But not a pie. So yes, I would like to try this as it looks yummy. Plus I know my sister would enjoy it and we could do a Girls Night and make it.

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

TMR, thank you. How I envy you, cooking with your sister for a Girls Night! Enjoy!

creativelyhomespun said...

YUUM!! Thank you for linking up at the Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesdays! It’s great to party with you! I have pinned your post to our Tasty Tuesdays Pinterest Board! I hope to see you again next week! xo

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thanks so much, creatively! Pins are always appreciated, especially because I haven't quite figured out Pinterest!

Susan J Meyerott, M.S. said...

Okay...true confession time, Jean. I saw this recipe when you first posted it but I avoided opening it because, well you know how I love all things Meyer Lemon...and I've been stuck on the last naughty recipe--no roll crust peach pie/cobbler---and yes, I confess eating it! I was attempting to slow down my consumption of carbs so I didn't want to be re-tempted with yet another fabulous dessert of yours! But here I am, it's Friday and I did it--I opened this post and confess I will be getting the ingredients to make and eat the yummy meyer lemon pudding cakes! Keep it up you temptress of all things good to eat! My hubby loves them too!

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Sue, now I'm scared! You have some pretty high expectations! :D Thanks so much. Hope you both like this one as much as we do.

Jan said...

I am totally new to these wonderful concotions, and lemon is my favorite! I am thrilled you linked up at Country Fair Blog Party!I have this on my list to try this fall, and I can't wait! I look forward to seeing your next adventures on our Oct. Link up!
Jan @ tip garden

Jean | DelightfulRepast.com said...

Thank you, Jan! If you like lemon, you should like these puddings! Let me know how they turn out for you.

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