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Generously butter a 1-litre pudding basin. Pour half of the golden syrup into the base, then stir in the lemon juice.
Beat the remaining golden syrup in a bowl with the sugar and butter using an electric whisk until pale and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, followed by the lemon zest and vanilla extract. Add the flour and a pinch of salt, and fold in with a large wooden spoon or spatula until just combined. Add just enough of the milk so the batter falls reluctantly from the spoon.
Spoon the batter over the syrup in the basin. Put a piece of baking paper over a sheet of foil, then fold a 5cm pleat in the centre. Use this to cover the basin, with the baking paper underneath, then secure around the rim using a piece of kitchen string. Use a second piece of sting to create a handle so you can easily remove the basin from the pan later.
Use a tiered steamer or put an upturned heatproof plate in a large stock pot that will comfortably fit the basin (the plate will act as a trivet). Lower in the basin, then pour just- boiled water from the kettle into the pot so it comes halfway up the sides of the basin. Cover the pot with a lid and simmer over a low-medium heat for 1 hour 30 minutes, topping up with water if needed throughout cooking.
Check the middle of the pudding is cooked through by removing the foil and paper, and inserting a skewer – if it comes out clean or with just a few damp crumbs, it’s cooked. If there is any raw batter, continue cooking
the pudding for a further 30 minutes.
To make the custard, whisk together the egg yolks, sugar and cornflour in a heatproof bowl until well combined. Pour the milk into a pan, add the vanilla seeds and pod, and warm over a low heat until steaming but not boiling. Whisking continuously with a balloon whisk, carefully pour the hot infused milk over the egg yolk mixture in a thin, steady stream. Once all the milk has been incorporated, strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve and return
to the pan. Cook over a low heat, stirring continuously (make sure to touch the bottom of the pan to prevent the custard from catching) for 6-8 minutes or until thickened to your liking.
Invert the pudding onto a serving dish and drizzle with more golden syrup, if you like. Serve warm with a generous portion of custard.