For 4-6 people you need

4 oz. butter 4 oz. castor sugar 2 egg yolks 6 oz. fresh white breadcrumbs grated rind 2 small lemons 1 oz. plain flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 tablespoons milk

For the meringue

2 egg whites 3 oz. castor sugar 1 large eating apple sprinkling extra sugar

  • Cream butter and sugar until soft and light.
  • Add egg yolks, breadcrumbs, lemon rind and juice, beat well.
  • Add sieved flour and baking powder to the mixture with the milk.
  • Turn into well greased dish, tin or basin, cover with foil or greased greaseproof paper.
  • Steam for 11/2 hours over boiling water.
  • Fifteen minutes before pudding has finished steaming, prepare the meringue.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff.
  • Gradually beat in half sugar, fold in remainder.
  • Peel, core and dice apple in tiny cubes.
  • Fold into meringue mixture, spoon in circle round edge of ovenproof serving dish.
  • Dust meringue with castor sugar and bake for 3-5 minutes.

Oven temperature: hot, 425-450°F„ Gas Mark 6-7

Oven position: towards the top