Recipe Details

Syrup Sponge

Serves: 6

This one from the Guardian's 'How to cook the perfect...' series

Butter a 900ml pudding basin and spoon the golden syrup into the bottom. Stir in the lemon juice.

Beat the butter and sugar together with a pinch of salt until fluffy, and then gradually beat in the eggs until well mixed in. Fold in the flour, followed by enough milk to give a smooth dropping consistency, and spoon into the basin, stopping just short of the top to give it room to rise.

Cover the basin with a lid or secure layers of greaseproof paper and foil, pleating the centre to give the pudding room to rise, and securing with string. Trim the excess from the sides and steam for 2 hours, topping up the water as necessary.

Run a knife around the inside of the basin, and turn out on to a lipped plate. Serve immediately.