Old-Fashioned Lemon Pudding


This tangy lemon pudding is made from scratch with just the basics — no fancy ingredients. If grandma made a lemon pudding, this was it. The pudding will thicken more as it cools in the refrigerator.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hr


  • 2 cups white sugar

  • cup cornstarch

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 5 cups water

  • 4 eggs

  • cup lemon juice

  • ¼ cup butter


  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in the top of a double boiler over simmering water; stir well to prevent clumps. Gradually stir in 5 cups water. Cook, stirring frequently, until mixture is thickened to gravy consistency, 5 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat.

  2. Beat eggs in a bowl until light and foamy. Pour in 1 cup of the sugar mixture gradually, whisking vigorously to avoid curdling eggs. Whisk egg mixture into remaining sugar mixture gradually; return to double boiler. Cook, whisking constantly, until thickened to pudding consistency, 6 to 8 minutes. Whisk lemon juice and butter into pudding gradually. Cool in the refrigerator, 30 minutes to 1 hour.


Add the zest of 1 lemon when you are adding the lemon juice if you like.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

434 Calories
11g Fat
82g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 434
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 144mg 48%
Sodium 496mg 22%
Total Carbohydrate 82g 30%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 68g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 29mg 2%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 84mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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