A Taste of the UK State Dinner: Steamed Lemon Pudding

Steamed lemon pudding

Unsurprisingly, one of the most popular dishes served at this week's State Dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, was dessert. For the formal event, the UK-style pudding was garnished with Idaho huckleberry sauce and paired with Newtown Pippin apples.This simplified version of the recipe makes 6 individual servings.


3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled

3/4 cup sugar

1 tablespoon lemon zest

3 large eggs, separated

1/3 cup all purpose flour

1 cup milk

6 tablespoons lemon juice (70g)

1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oven to 320F
  2. Butter six individual custard dishes and coat with sugar
  3. Place a folded towel on bottom of a roasting pan and boil water for water bath
  4. Whisk the sugar and flour together; set aside
  5. In a separate bowl, whisk the yolks and butter until smooth; whisk in the milk, lemon juice, salt and lemon zest until blended; whisk the flour mixture into this. (Note: the batter will be very liquid)
  6. Beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the above mixture
  7. Immediately ladle into the custard cups and place in the prepared baking pan filled halfway with hot water. Bake until the puddings are puffy and golden on top, about 50 minutes.
  8. Serve warm
Bill Yosses is the White House Pastry Chef
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