Lemon Snow Pudding

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


6 servings

Updated: Sep. 01, 2022
My mother first served this light and refreshing snow pudding at a dinner for my brother, his new bride and their wedding guests back in the early '40s. When I got married in '47, I made sure I had the recipe. —Eula Voehl, Ottumwa, Iowa
Lemon Snow Pudding Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • Juice of 1 large lemon (1/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine water, lemon juice, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil. Combine cornstarch and cold water until smooth; add to saucepan. Cook and stir over low heat until smooth and clear.
  2. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Add to saucepan and beat with a wire whisk until mixed, about 2 minutes. Let stand for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool.
  3. Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, whisk egg yolks, sugar and salt until blended. Stir in milk. Cook over low heat until mixture is just thick enough to coat a metal spoon and a thermometer reads at least 160°, 6-8 minutes, stirring constantly but gently. Do not allow to boil. Immediately transfer to a bowl.
  4. Place bowl in an ice-water bath for a few minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in vanilla. Press plastic wrap onto surface of custard. Refrigerate until cold.
  5. To serve, spoon pudding into individual serving dishes and top with sauce. Sauce will settle to bottom of dish. Refrigerate leftovers.

Lemon Snow Pudding Tips

Can you make lemon snow pudding ahead of time?

Yes, you should make this vintage dessert ahead of time since it needs time to chill in the fridge, but we don't recommend making it days in advance. You shouldn't leave it sit longer than overnight. Here are some more easy overnight desserts you can make ahead of time.

Can you make other flavors of snow pudding?

Yes! You can make orange snow pudding by replacing the lemon juice with orange juice.

What are some toppings you can put on lemon snow pudding?

Top your snow pudding with shredded coconut, toasted almonds or berries. Diced strawberries would work especially well. (If you have leftover coconut to spare, use it up by making one of these sweet coconut desserts!)

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor and Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition Facts

1/2 cup: 238 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 96mg cholesterol, 296mg sodium, 48g carbohydrate (44g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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