For the Cake Batter:
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 large eggs, separated
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
For the Lemon Pudding:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup water
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- Powdered sugar, for dusting (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 325°F (160°C). Grease an 8-inch square or equivalent baking dish.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the flour and salt.
- In a separate large bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, lemon zest, and lemon juice.
- Gradually add the granulated sugar to the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly until well combined.
- Gradually add the milk and whisk until fully incorporated.
- Slowly add the flour mixture, whisking until smooth.
- In another clean bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form.
- Gently fold the beaten egg whites into the lemon batter until just combined.
- Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and spread it out evenly.
- In a saucepan, whisk together the granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt for the lemon pudding.
- Gradually whisk in the lemon juice and water until smooth.
- Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and comes to a boil.
- Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the butter until melted.
- Pour the hot lemon pudding mixture evenly over the cake batter in the baking dish.
- Place the baking dish in a larger baking pan or dish. Carefully add hot water to the larger pan until it reaches about halfway up the sides of the baking dish.
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 45-50 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the pudding is set.
- Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly.
- Dust with powdered sugar (if desired) before serving.
Serve warm, and enjoy the delightful combination of lemony cake and creamy pudding! Remember, this recipe is based on a similar concept to the NYT Lemon Pudding Cake, but it may not be an exact match to their specific recipe.