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Syrup Sponge Pudding - 6 Minute Recipe

Microwave sponge pudding - if you're in a hurry and looking for a quick and easy dessert, then you've found it!

Old school dessert, treacle sponge pudding made with vegetable suet. Takes just  6 minutes to cook and uses storecupboard ingredients. 

Syrup sponge pudding in a bowl with custard.
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If you prefer treacle then, of course, you can use that instead of syrup, or jam, it's entirely up to you.

Take no notice of the horrid-looking custard, yes it was a packet mix, after all, I was in a hurry 😉

Suet pudding in the microwave

I'm not normally one for cooking things just by microwave. However, when you just feel the need to eat syrup sponge pudding and it can be done in 6 minutes in the microwave then you have to do these things.

Steaming a sponge pudding in the traditional way would usually take just under 2 hours, so there's a huge difference in timing.

Sponge puddings are a British favourite and are available ready-made to simply pop into the microwave but you'll find the portion sizes are tiny.

If you're going to eat a sponge pudding you're going to want a decent serving and always with loads of hot custard.

How to find out the size of any bowl or dish

If you're not sure of the size of your pudding bowl, fill a measuring jug to the 1-litre line with tap water. However much water your bowl takes, that's the size of it in litres.


Kitchen scales

Pyrex 1-litre glass bowl

Wooden spoon


  • 150g self-raising flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml milk
  • 100ml golden syrup


Mix the flour and salt, and stir in the sugar and suet. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg and milk.

Mix to a soft-dropping consistency.

Grease your glass pudding bowl with a little butter and put the syrup in the bottom; you could use jam or treacle.

Pour in the pudding mixture on top of the syrup or jam.

Microwave for 6 minutes on HIGH - based on a 1000w microwave. Be careful because it will be hot.

Treacle sponge pudding - microwave recipe.

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Yield: 4
Author: Jan Bennett
Microwave Syrup Sponge Pudding

Microwave Syrup Sponge Pudding

Syrup sponge pudding is best served with custard.
Prep time: 2 MinCook time: 6 MinTotal time: 8 Min


  • a glass 1-litre pudding bowl
  • 150g self raising flour
  • a pinch of salt
  • 50g caster sugar
  • 50g Atora suet
  • 1 egg
  • 150ml milk
  • 100ml Lyle's golden syrup


  1. Mix the flour and salt, stir in the sugar and suet.
  2. Make a well in the centre and add the beaten egg and milk. Mix to a soft dropping consistency.
  3. Grease your glass pudding bowl with a little butter and put the syrup in the bottom (you could use jam if you fancy it).
  4. Pour in the pudding mixture on top of the syrup or jam.
  5. Microwave (based on a 1000w microwave) for 6 minutes on HIGH.
  6. That's it, job done.
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  1. Sorry I've been missing for awhile! Be back very soon :)

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  2. wow.. very quick & delicious.. thxs for sharing..

  3. It looks great! I've never heard of it and would love to try it!

  4. Oooh that looks gorgeous and tasty, 6 minutes too sounds even better!!

    Weirdly I don't think I've ever cooked with suet so will be good to experiment!

  5. Delicious Pud Jan, just what you need on this cold and wet day. Lucie x

  6. My Mum used to make this for my Grandad - it was his favorite pudding. Sometimes she would make a lemon curd sponge - that was good too

  7. I love anything made with golden syrup, the pud looks very tempting.

  8. How did I miss this one - must have been busy.

    Haven't made syrup sponge in 13 years (was making by them in a bistro then)- your 6 minute version definitely beats waiting. Will be trying this!

  9. Syrup sponge, one of my all time favourite puds, I can't believe you cooked a suet pud in 6 mins. Why did I never think of using the microwave instead of all that steaming? Duh!

  10. Thanks for this. Items 4 and 5 are basically the same in the instructions.

    1. Cheers Chuckie, thank you so much for pointing that out! I'll alter it right now.


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