Malva Pudding (South African)

I recently hosted a South African themed Bookalokal Dinner in Brussels – serving sweetcorn fritters as a starter, bobotie as a main & malva pudding as dessert!

Malva Pudding is a proudly South African dessert of Cape Dutch origin, made from apricot jam & has a sticky cake texture – normally served warm with custard, cream or ice-cream (or all of the above if you are a piggy-piggy like me!)

This is a super easy dessert to whip up & appeals to anyone with a sweet tooth (aka like HIM)… the below recipe provides 8-10 servings… and is a definite “make again”!

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Malva Pudding

1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda/baking soda
Generous pinch of salt
1 egg
1 cup sugar
1 Tablespoon apricot jam
1 Tablespoon butter (melted)
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 cup milk

  • Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt
  • Beat the egg and sugar together & then add melted butter, vinegar & apricot jam
  • Alternately add egg/butter mix and the milk to the dry mixture and beat well
  • Place into a greased dish
  • Cover with a piece of foil & bake at 180c for 45 – 60 minutes until lightly golden in colour.

To make the sauce:

1/2 cup of cream
1/2 cup of milk
1 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of hot water
125g butter

  • Place all ingredients into a saucepan over a medium heat until melted
  • When cake comes out of the oven, use a toothpick to poke holes into the cake and then pour entire sauce over the top (it may look like too much liquid… but the cake will soak it all up)

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3 thoughts on “Malva Pudding (South African)

  1. Maxine, when can you make this again? It’s my favorite dessert in the world and while you say it’s “easy to make” I would much rather book your next South African dinner. Please 🙂

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