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Syrup sponge pudding


Recipe Name:  Syrup sponge pudding recipe with instructions for Aga range cookers

By: Antonia

Meal Type: Dessert
Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 2hrs 10mins

Servings: 6


A wonderfully comforting and nostalgic treat – not many people can refuse a slice of syrup sponge, I find. Even better, it is easy to make and steams slowly in the simmering oven whilst you get on with cooking the main course!

You'll need...


  • 6 tablespoons golden syrup
  • 1 tbsp. juice from half a lemon (use zest for sponge)
  • 175g/6oz softened butter
  • 175g/6oz golden caster sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 175g/6oz self-raising flour
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 1-2 tbsp. milk
  • Equipment...

    • 2 pint/1.2 litre lidded pudding basin
    • old saucer or trivet
    • large ovenproof pan or stock pot with tight-fitting lid


    1. Butter a 2 pint pudding basin and spoon the golden syrup into the base. Add the lemon juice and stir to loosen the syrup.

    2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a time, adding a spoonful of flour after each addition to prevent curdling. Add the flour and mix until you have a smooth batter. Stir through the lemon zest and loosen the mixture with a little milk until you have a dropping consistency.

    3. Scrape the sponge mixture into the pudding basin, on top of the syrup. Seal with lid or folded greaseproof paper and foil, tied tightly round the rim of the basin with string.

    4. Place an upturned saucer or trivet into a large lidded pan and place the pudding on top. Fill the pan with water up to halfway up the side of the pudding basin. Cover the pan with a tightly fitting lid and bring to the boil on the boiling plate. Simmer for 10 minutes and then transfer to the simmering oven for about 2 hours.

    5. Run a knife around the edge of the pudding and turn out onto a warmed plate. Serve with custard.

    This fun family recipe has been scribed and tested by community member Antonia, who is a hard working mum with two boys. Her recipes are trialed in her much loved Aga range cooker and devoured by her family, allowing Antonia to provide accurate tips and advice on how to make the dishes a success! Go check her work out! She is a country girl, happily surrounded by an excitable Lab, her dear husband, two boys and the Cotswolds. 

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