Sussex Pond Pudding

Preparation info

    • Difficulty


    • Ready in

      15 min

Appears in

The New Vegetarian

The New Vegetarian

By Colin Spencer

Published 1986

  • About

This pudding has the most wonderful appearance when cut open. The lemon sits in a golden brown, silky pool of sugar, lemon juice and butter. Absolute bliss!


  • 225 g/8 oz/2 cups self-raising flour
  • 100 g/4 oz/1 cup shredded vegetable suet
  • 150 ml/5 fl oz/ cup equal parts milk and water
  • 100 g/4 oz/½ cup butter
  • 100 g/4 oz/ cup soft brown sugar
  • 1 large lemon


Thoroughly mix the flour and suet. Slowly add the milk and water and mix into a dough. Set aside a quarter of it and roll out the rest in a circle. Line a 1.5-litre/-pint/l ½-quart pudding basin/steaming mould with the pastry and trim the edges. Chop the butter into small pieces and mix it with the sugar. Prick the lemon all over with a sharp needle, going through the skin and into the flesh. Place the lemon in the basin and cover with the butter and sugar mixture. Roll out the remaining pastry, place it on top of the basin, trim and seal the edge. Cover with greaseproof/waxed paper and foil, and tie firmly with string. Half fill a large saucepan with water, place the pudding in it so that the water comes almost to the top. Cover and leave to boil for 3 hours. As the water evaporates, top it up with boiling water. To serve, remove the foil and paper, cover with a large plate and invert to turn it out. Cut into the pudding at table and give everyone a portion of the lemon with the juices and suet crust.