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Lemon Custard Dessert {Pudding Cake}

  • Total Time: 60 minutes


  • 3 eggs, separated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Butter a 2-quart souffle dish. I use one like this. An 8×8 glass pan would work as well.
  3. Beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Set aside.
  4. In large bowl, cream together butter, sugar, egg yolks, lemon juice and zest.
  5. Add milk and flour and mix until well combined.
  6. Gently fold in beaten egg whites.
  7. Pour batter into the buttered dish. Place the dish in a pan of water, with water coming up the sides of the souffle dish at least a 1/2 inch). Place inside the oven and bake until the cake is set, about 45-50 minutes (the very center will still be slightly jiggly, it will set up as it cools.)
  8. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.
  9. This is delicious warm or cold. Store in refrigerator.
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Category: Desserts