Individual queen of puddings

Delia Smith's queen of puddings looks pretty in individual dishes for a special occasion - otherwise you can make it in a dish of about 1.2 litres capacity
By Delia Smith
Individual queen of puddings
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  • Serves: 6
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes plus 20 mins soaking time
  • Effort: easy


  • 570 ml milk
  • 10 g butter
  • 110 g fresh breadcrumbs
  • 60 g caster sugar, plus 1 level teaspoon extra
  • 1 small lemon
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp morello cherry jam, or another preserve

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You will also need six 175ml individual ovenproof dishes.

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1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter, breadcrumbs, 25g sugar and the lemon zest and leave for 20 minutes to allow the breadcrumbs to swell.

2. Now separate the eggs. Put the whites into a large, grease-free bowl and the yolks into a small bowl. Then beat the yolks and add them to the cooled breadcrumb mixture, after that divide it between six 175ml individual ovenproof dishes, all generously buttered and placed on a baking sheet, smoothing the tops. Now place the tray in the centre of the oven and bake for about 25 minutes until set.

3. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan melt the preserve over a low heat and, when the puddings are ready, remove them from the oven and spread it carefully and evenly all over the tops.

4. Next use a clean, dry whisk to beat the egg whites to the stiff-peak stage, then whisk in 40g caster sugar and then divide this meringue mixture between each pudding, piling it up into high peaks. Finally, sprinkle a teaspoon of caster sugar over the tops of the puddings and bake for a further 10-15 minutes on the centre shelf again until the tops are golden brown.

5. Don't worry if they're ready before you've finished the main course; they won't mind waiting in a warm place.

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