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Tuesday
Sep222009

Lemon Delicious!

    Left to right: Rachel Roy, Zac Posen, Victoria Beckham

CLEVERLY CONSTRUCTED DRESSES in happy-go-yellow has been a key look at the New York shows this past week. Rachel Roy, Zac Posen and Victoria Beckham turned out the sunniest, crafting architecturally-inspired silhouettes (with that all important waist) in a happy shade of yolk. Key to wearing this sunny but hard-to-pull-off shade? Tan up, accessorise boldly and amp up the blush (we love yellow but it can drain the life out of you). Delicious…

All this zesty runway action has got us dreaming about an old favourite everyone’s Grandmother used to make. Not only is Lemon Delicious the quintessential comfort food, it’s a pretty clever little pudding too. Simply mix all the ingredients together, pop in the oven for approximately an hour, and magically the pudding is at once feather light and souffle-esque on the surface, whilst oozing warm lemon curd deliciousness beneath. This time, we are adding a tropical twist with some passionfruit pulp. Grab a spoon…

Lemon Delicious (with a passionate twist)

Serves 4 / Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / Gas mark 4

  • 60 g unsalted butter, cubed, at room temp
  • 230 g / 1 cup caster sugar
  • 4 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • Half a tspn vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 30 g self raising flour, sifted
  • 310 ml cups milk
  • 80 ml lemon juice
  • 1 to 2 passionfruit, pulped

To serve: icing sugar and cream

Lightly butter/grease a deep souffle or ceramic baking dish
(approx 8 cup capacity).

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, sugar and lemon zest until creamed and pale. Turn beaters down to slow and gradually add eagg yolks, beating well between each. Mix in the flour, followed by milk, and continue beating until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and passionfruit pulp. Your mixture may look slightly curdled - this is fine.

In another bowl, whisk egg whites until stiff peaks form. With a metal spoon, fold a spoonful of the egg white into the batter. Gently fold in the remaining egg white, being careful to fold with a cutting motion so as not to deflate the air.

Gently pour your mixture into your baking dish. To create a water bath or ‘bain-marie’, sit your baking dish inside a large roasting tin, and fill the tin with enough hot water to measure halfway up your baking dish.

Bake for approx 55 minutes, or until the top is golden and firm but slightly springy to touch. Remove from the oven, and allow to sit in the bain-marie for approx 10-15 mins. Carefully lift the baking dish out, and rest for another 5 mins to allow the pudding to settle.

Sift icing sugar over the Lemon Delicious, and serve with a generous drizzle of cream.

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