We have been not buying “snack food”, we all have sweet teeth! I have been making microwave puddings instead! On my first attempt I forgot to pierce the cling film once it had cooked so it shrunk down and made the pudding very dense. On my second go I remembered to pierce it and it was lovely and fluffy!

I used a BBC Food recipe here.

Syrup sponge in the microwave

Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: less than 10 minutes Serves: 4-6 (4 in this house!)



  1. Grease a 1.2 litre/2 pint bowl (suitable for the microwave). Sieve together the flour and baking powder. Tip the butter, sugar, eggs, flour and baking powder into a food processor and mix to a paste. If you’re not using a food processor beat the sugar and butter together in a bowl, then mix in the eggs, baking powder and flour.
  2. Add the lemon juice and zest, continue to mix and add enough milk for the mixture reach a dropping consistency. (Hold a spoonful of the mixture upside down and it should drop off after a slight pause.)
  3. Spoon the mixture into the greased bowl. Cover with cling film and microwave on full power for four minutes (or until the sponge begins to shrink from the sides and is springy to the touch).
  4. Leave to stand for 2-3 minutes before turning out and serving with golden syrup or jam and custard.

As normal, all ingredients vary so this is a rough nutritional guide….

Sponge Pudding

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