Lola and Finn's Mum

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Saturday, 26 November 2011

More from the pudding club - Tasmanian Lemon Pie

I really do adore lemons and dislike faff, so this recipe is one that is a winner for me. I was quite taken with the idea of a pudding that was quite light, but satisfying. The first time I made this, I halved the quantity that you see here to produce a yield to serve 2 to 3 people (pre Lola and Finn!) and whilst I liked the spongey bit and the curdy bit that this pudding produces (basically, a sponge top with a creamy lemony underneath), I wanted more lemon, but then I am the one who fishes out the lemon which lies fallornly at the bottom of a glass of lemonade and devours it like I haven't eaten for days, which hopefully goes some way to explaining my doubling of the lemon content in the recipe below. You may want something less zingy.

I adore this with double cream. Tamasin Day Lewis recommends clotted cream. Her advice is excellent.

Tasmanian Lemon Pie - adapted from 'West of Ireland Summers' by Tamasin Day Lewis

  • 125 g butter, softened
  • 280 g vanilla sugar (or sugar with a few drops of vanilla - your choice!)
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 4 tbsp plain flour, sifted
  • 400 ml plain flour
  • grated rind and juice of 2 lemons (though I would use 4, as I am after real tang!!)

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/gas 4. Lightly grease a 2-litre baking dish.

2. Using a standing mixer or electric hand beater, cream the butter with the sugar for 4-5 minutes until pale and fluffy.

4. Add the grated rind and juice of the lemons.

5. Whisk the egg whites until stiff. Using a metal spoon, fold lightly into the mixture to incorporate air.

6. Pour into the baking dish - the mixture should come about 5cm up the side of the dish.

7. Bake in the oven for 25-30 minutes, until slightly brown on top and obviously set, but faintly shuddery.

8. Serve warm with cream.


  1. Shame on me for not having that book, living in the West of Ireland and I have all of her others. I will have to sort that out! I looks delicious and you can never have to many lemony recipes.

  2. I'm confused - is it Irish or Tasmanian?! We know this pud as 'lemon delicious', which most New Zealanders probably think of as their own. Isn't it funny how recipes circulate around the globe? Anyway, I haven't made this for years, so it's lovely to see it again and I'm so glad you like it. I've always considered upping the lemon-icity by adding a dollop of lemon curd into the mixture somehow...

  3. All I know is that it is called Tasmanian Lemon Pie, it is printed in a cookbook called 'West of Ireland' Summers, written by an Anglo Brit, encompassing here memories of food eaten in Ireland.

    It's a pud that goes down a storm around here!


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