Sussex Day: Try this recipe for Sussex Pond Pudding

Sussex Day (June 16) is a great way to showcase our great county along with its landscape attractions and local produce

Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 10:32 am
Updated Tuesday, 15th June 2021, 10:34 am

Why not celebrate with a traditional Sussex pond pudding, or well pudding, is a traditional English pudding it is made of a suet pastry, filled with butter and sugar, and is boiled or steamed for several hours. Modern versions of the recipe often include a whole lemon enclosed in the pastry. The dish is first recorded in Hannah Woolley's 1672 book, The Queen-Like Closet.

Charlie Gray from website Ask Charlie shares her take on a traditional Sussex dish.


Sussex Pond Pudding

250g self-raising flour plus extra for greasing and rolling out

50g demerara sugar

50g light muscovado sugar

2 unwaxed lemons

100g cold unsalted butter cut into cubes

100g suet

150 ml whole milk

Pinch of salt


1: Grease and flour your 1.5 litre heat proof pudding bowl. Roll the lemons on a work surface to release the juices then prick then all over with a cocktail stick. Combine the flour, suet and pinch of salt in a large bowl and add in the milk gradually and using a knife mix the dough together until it comes together then using your hand form into a ball.

Divide the dough into two ball 1/3 and 2/3 of the dough

2: Light flour the work surface and roll out the larger ball to approx. ½ cm in thickness (don’t go too thin), line the prepared pudding bowl with the rolled out dough

3: Place half the cold cubed butter into the pudding bowl, mix together the sugars and add half the sugar into the bowl with the butter, Add in the prepared lemons and then the rest of the butter and sugar on top.

Roll out the remainder of the dough but a little thicker than before, this will become the bottom of the pudding, brush the edges with a little milk and place on top milk side down and press gently to form a seal

4: Cover the pudding with a layer of greaseproof paper and then a layer of aluminium foil, tie securely with string under the rim of the bowl and create a handle over the top

Place in a large saucepan with approximately 10cm of water in the bottom, sitting on a small trivet.

Put the lid on and bring it to the boil. Reduce heat and let simmer for 3 ½ hours.

5: If using an Aga bring to the boil using the boiling plate. Then cook on the floor of the roasting oven for 30 minutes and then move to the simmering oven for at least a further 3 hours

6: Once cooked, remove the bowl from the saucepan, take off the lid carefully remove the pudding from the saucepan. Its best to let the pudding rest for 10 minutes and then invert the pudding onto a serving dish.

Serve with custard, cream or even home-made ice-cream.