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Blackberry, Chia And Lemon Sponge Puddings With Blackberry Custard…

Blackberry, chia and lemon sponge puddings with blackberry custard:

Forget about a kitchen full of steam these wonderfully light tangy steamed puds get a modern make over and are cooked in the oven in a roasting tin covered with a large of foil.

Steamed puddings are wonderfully forgiving, so if you get a little delayed eating your main course and the puddings are ready, don’t feel you must rush, turn off the oven and leave for an extra 10 even 15 minutes cooking.

Dairy free, gluten free

Serves 4

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 35-40 minutes

You will need:



  1. Preheat the oven to 180 oC/350 oF/Gas mark 4. Lightly brush 4, 200ml/7fl oz individual metal pudding moulds with a little oil then line the base of each with a circle of nonstick baking paper.
  2. Pare the zest from the lemon with a vegetable peeler then add to a food processor with the sugar and blitz until the lemon is finely chopped.
  3. Add the margarine and blitz again until smooth and creamy. Add the eggs and the flour and mix until smooth. Stir in the chia seeds and blackberries then divide between the pudding moulds and spread the tops level.
  4. Cover the top of each pudding with a square of oiled foil then stand in a roasting tin and pour boiling water into the roasting tin to come halfway up the sides of the pudding tins. Cover the top of the roasting tin with a large sheet of foil, folding over the edges of the tin. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile make the custard, halve and squeeze the juice from the lemon. Puree the remaining blackberries.
  6. Add the cornflour to a small saucepan then mix to a smooth paste with the water. Mix in the egg yolks and when smooth stir in the lemon juice and blackberry puree. Slowly bring to the boil over a medium heat, stirring continuously until just beginning to thicken. Take off the heat and continue to stir for a minute or two more until smooth. Set aside until the puddings are ready.
  7. To test if the puddings are cooked, lift the foil off one of the puddings, they should be well risen and the sponge should spring back when pressed with a fingertip. If not quite ready put back in the oven for a further 5 minutes.
  8. Lift the pudding moulds from the roasting tin with a teacloth. Remove the foil, loosen the edges of the sponges with a round bladed knife then invert each tin into a shallow pudding bowl, lift off the tin. Peel off the lining paper and decorate with a few extra blackberries, if liked. Warm the custard if needed then drizzle over the puddings and serve immediately.

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32 responses to “Blackberry, Chia And Lemon Sponge Puddings With Blackberry Custard…”

  1. Tamar SB says:

    Sounds like a perfect treat for winter celebrations!

  2. Keely Gallagher says:

    They look delicious and a different way to use up seasonal fruit!

  3. Cathy says:

    These looks beautiful Claire and so tasty. I would love one for my pudding x

  4. Dean B says:

    This looks amazing! Too bad we don't have blackberries in our garden anymore. Must pin for later 😉

  5. Marie Barber says:

    Sounds so yummy, always looking for more gluten free recipes so pinning it, thank you 🙂

  6. Skene says:

    Just invested in some chia seeds so all recipes appreciated.

  7. Alina says:

    That looks scrumptious! Must try it out for sure 🙂

  8. Anosa Malanga says:

    How delicious do these look, absolutely loving these treats

  9. ana de jesus says:

    Woah and its dairy and gluten free? How amazing is that? I do love blackberries as well xx

  10. beautyqueenuk says:

    Oh it looks so amazing and my stomach is growling at 9am for pudding!

  11. Ayesha Farhad says:

    This looks so yummy! I have been craving something like this and now the craving has definitely been triggered really bad! Love your photography! Brilliant!

  12. Lisa Graham says:

    These look amazing I will be giving these a try over Christmas.

  13. Stella Olojola says:

    Wow this looks very delicious. I will try making mine.

  14. Jayne SMABL says:

    That looks amazing! Bit of drooling going on over here! 🙂 x

  15. Margarett Murphy says:

    I need to try these, they look amazing!

  16. Chloe/Life Unexpected says:

    Omg this looks incredible and it's gluten free. I love blackberries, they're my favourite fruit, I swear by chia seeds and I have lemons at least once a day. Oh and I love cake so this is the perfect desert. x

  17. Kara Guppy says:

    Oh these sound amazing…….shame that blackberry season is over now.

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