Chester puddings recipe

(8 ratings)

(Image credit: Future Publishing)
Preparation Time40 mins
Cooking Time1 hours 30 mins
Nutrition Per PortionRDA
Fat44 g63%
Saturated Fat17 g85%
Carbohydrates73 g28%

This delicious dessert is a modern take on Chester pudding, a traditional Victorian dessert. It's also an early version of what we now know as lemon meringue pie. With a crumbly pastry base, sweet lemon filling and light meringue topping, bake these in individual tart cases to guarantee everyone gets their fair share! However, if you prefer, make one large Chester pudding and fight among yourselves for the final slice. For a special finish, we recommend you serve the puddings with a glut of fresh berries in summer months. It's a perfect pairing.


For the pastry

  • 300g all butter shortcrust pastry

For the filling

  • 100g salted butter
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 2tsp lemon zest
  • 8tbsp lemon juice
  • 200g unrefined golden caster sugar
  • 80g ground almonds
  • 2tsp cornflour

For the meringue topping

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 110g unrefined golden caster sugar
  • ½tsp cornflour
  • ½tsp lemon juice




  1. Roll the pastry out on a lightly floured surface into a square no thinner than 5mm. Cut into quarters and use each quarter of pastry to line 4 9cm fluted loose bottom tart tins.
  2. Chill the pastry uncovered in the fridge for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 190C/gas mark 5 and place a baking sheet inside to heat up.
  3. Prick the pastry bases with a fork, line with baking parchment and fill with rice or baking beans. Place on the preheated baking sheet and bake blind for 10-15 minutes before removing the paper and rice or beans and bake a final 5 minutes.
  4. Remove tart cases from the oven and leave aside to cool. Turn the oven down to 160C/gas mark 3.
  5. To make the filling, melt the butter in a saucepan over a low heat before adding all of the yolks with the lemon zest, all but 2tbsp of the lemon juice, sugar and ground almonds. Stir gently over a low heat - do not boil - until thickened and the mixture holds itself when a wooden spoon is trailed through, around 10 mins.
  6. Combine the reserved lemon juice with the cornflour and stir it through the almond filling. Cook until the mixture comes away from the sides of the pan and divide evenly amongst the cooled tart cases.
  7. For the meringue, whisk the egg whites to reach soft peaks, then gradually whisk in the sugar and continue to beat until the meringue is thick and glossy.
  8. Whisk in the cornflour and lemon juice. Spoon the meringue mixture evenly over the tart filling, using the back of the spoon to ensure the filling is covered and to form peaks.
  9. Bake for 25 mins until the meringue is lightly browned.
Jessica Dady
Food Editor

Jessica Dady is Food Editor at GoodTo and has over 11 years of experience as a digital editor, specialising in all things food, recipes, and SEO. From the must-buy seasonal food hampers and advent calendars for Christmas to the family-friendly air fryers that’ll make dinner time a breeze, Jessica loves trying and testing various food products to find the best of the best for the busy parents among us. Over the years of working with GoodTo, Jessica has had the privilege of working alongside Future’s Test Kitchen to create how-to videos exclusively for GoodtoEat - as well as writing, testing, and shooting her own recipes. When she’s not embracing the great outdoors with her family at the weekends, Jessica enjoys baking up a storm in the kitchen with her favourite bakes being chocolate chip cookies, cupcakes, and a tray of gooey chocolate brownies