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Rating: 3.75 stars
12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

Just the basics, no fancy ingredients. If grandma made a lemon pudding, this was it.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
11 mins
additional:
30 mins
total:
51 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in 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.

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  • Beat eggs in a bowl until light and foamy. Pour in 1 cup of 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.

Cook's Notes:

Margarine can be substituted for the butter, if desired.

Pudding will thicken more as it cools in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

434 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 82.2g; fat 11g; cholesterol 144.3mg; sodium 496.2mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2017
It came out very tasty, but it would not thicken using the double boiler. I cooked the sugar/corn starch/salt/water mixture in the double boiler for half an hour and it still wouldn't thicken! I got mad and put it in a regular pot on the stove and it finally thickened up and I continued with the recipe. So don't fret if it won't thicken. Just skip the double boiler! It tastes great with just the right amount of lemon flavor for me. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/04/2017
I added 2 teaspoons of lemon extract while whisking in the butter and lemon juice which made it taste a lot better. The reason I gave it 2 stars is because I made it taste good but I had to alter the recipe to make that so. Also it came out very soupy. Read More
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12 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
10/02/2017
It came out very tasty, but it would not thicken using the double boiler. I cooked the sugar/corn starch/salt/water mixture in the double boiler for half an hour and it still wouldn't thicken! I got mad and put it in a regular pot on the stove and it finally thickened up and I continued with the recipe. So don't fret if it won't thicken. Just skip the double boiler! It tastes great with just the right amount of lemon flavor for me. Read More
(6)
Rating: 2 stars
04/03/2017
I added 2 teaspoons of lemon extract while whisking in the butter and lemon juice which made it taste a lot better. The reason I gave it 2 stars is because I made it taste good but I had to alter the recipe to make that so. Also it came out very soupy. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/15/2016
This is good, but the flavor of the egg yolks peaked through. I made half the recipe and added the zest of one lemon which I'm glad that I did. So if you like a strong lemon flavor like I do, I recommend adding the lemon zest. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/19/2019
I followed the recipe and it was perfect and true to direction. Only I didn’t have a double boiler and put a stainless steel mixing bowl over a pot of water. Oh. So happy as it is soooo tasty and just like my mother made when I was a kid. Hadn’t had it since and That was a long time ago Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/16/2018
The lemon pudding was phenomenal, but there were a few flaws on the way. I used tapioca starch instead of corn starch, the eggs I added appeared to have cooked into little egg bits (I was a bit grossed out at the thought), then the pudding's consistency was a little too thick. Luckily, pouring in a little more water to the final product made normal and absolutely delicious! If you experience the problems I did, perhaps mixing the sugar with the egg first could help as done in other puddings. Maybe letting the pot cool a bit first before adding the egg? But overall, this pudding is completely worth making! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/31/2018
has a nice lemon taste I added the zest of 3 lemons .I had the same problem not getting thick in a double boiler after 30 mins I cooked on the burner like most puddings. came out great just keep wicking to keep from burning on the bottom Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/23/2019
Was easy tasted good Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/19/2019
I read all the reviews first! I did not use a double boiler just stirred continually. Pudding did thicken up added lemon zest of 2 lemons which I am glad I did. Pudding was good but do not plan on making it again. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
04/21/2020
Would not thicken, tasted grainy. Added vanilla, helped a little Read More