Irish Lemon Pudding Recipe

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easy irish lemon pudding recipe

Enjoy a traditional Irish lemon pudding for dessert!

Here’s a St. Patrick’s day recipe that isn’t green or rainbow-colored. While the festive colors can be fun, I think it is cool to mix things up with traditional Irish foods too. Try this Irish Lemon Pudding recipe for dessert and the delicious Irish Brown Bread with dinner!

My husband was recently in AZ for work and he came home with a box of freshly picked, huge lemons and grapefruit! Now I want a lemon tree! We made fresh lemonade a few times and used some of the lemons for this recipe.

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Irish lemon pudding is not overly sweet, so it is perfect sprinkled with powdered sugar and served with sweetened whipped cream. It has a unique texture because the batter separates as it bakes – the top layer is a cake and the bottom layer is like a custard. Yum!

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This dessert is so simple, the recipe only calls for 6 ingredients – butter, sugar, eggs, flour, lemons, and milk. That’s it!

traditional irish lemon pudding dessert

The original recipe calls for the juice and zest of 2 lemons (without measurements). I found that the average lemon yields about 2-3 tablespoons of juice and about 1 tablespoon of zest. I use about 1/3 cup lemon juice for this recipe. So hopefully that info helps you have an idea for about the right amounts, in case you have exceptionally huge lemons or itty bitty lemons. 😉

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The lemon mixture is pretty soupy and thin, but thickens up a bit when you fold in the stiff egg whites.

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Pour the batter into an 8- or 9-inch pie plate, cake pan, loaf pan, ramekins, or double the recipe and pour it into a 9-inch springform pan. The springform and ramekins make for a prettier presentation and yummy thick layers. (Some people like it with orange instead of lemon too. Sounds like a fun twist!)

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easy irish lemon pudding recipe

Irish Lemon Pudding Recipe

This traditional Irish lemon pudding dessert is perfect for Spring and St. Patricks day!
4.47 / 5 ( 13 Reviews )
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Prep Time: 12 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 52 minutes
Serves: 4
Adjust Servings: 4


  • 9x9 baking pan



  • Preheat oven to 350°F/175°C
  • Cream the butter and sugar well. Add the egg yolks one at a time, mixing after each addition. Then add the flour, then lemon zest, and juice. Whisk in the milk and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold gently into the lemon mixture until incorporated. Pour into an 8- or 9-inch pie plate or cake pan, or evenly among four 1-cup ramekins.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes, until very lightly browned around the edge and mostly set. You can use a toothpick to see if top cake layer is done, but remember that the bottom should be like custard. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and serve warm with sweetened whipped cream.

Recipe Notes

For thicker layers, double the recipe and use a 9-inch pan or springform.


Calories: 249kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 11g | Sodium: 66mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 18g
Ingredients: All-purpose flour, Butter, Egg, Granulated Sugar, Lemon, Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest, Milk
Meal Type: Desserts, Easter, Mother's Day, Spring, St. Patrick's Day, Summer, Meatless
Categories: Cakes and Cupcakes, Cookies and Treats, Oven

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