Malva Pudding

Submitted by:
Bhavna Deonarain, Durban, South Africa
Climate Change and Energy


1 cup flour
1 tablespoon bicarbonate of soda
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon apricot jam
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 tablespoon melted butter
1 cup milk

1/2 cup cream
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup hot water
1/2 cup butter

1. Set oven at 180°C.

2. Grease, with butter, an ovenproof glass or porcelain container approximately 30cm x 20cm x 5cm. Do not use an aluminium, enamel or any metal container.

3. Cut a piece of aluminium foil to cover it while the pudding is in the oven and grease it well with butter on one side.

4. Sift the flour and the bicarb into a bowl and stir in the sugar.

5. In another bowl, beat the egg very well and add the remaining sponge ingredients one by one, beating well between each addition.

6. Using a wooden spoon, beat the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.

7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, cover with the foil, greased side down and bake for 45 minutes in the present oven until well risen and brown and for a further five minutes without the foil if not sufficiently brown. If not sufficiently baked, the dessert will not take up all the sauce making it stodgy inside.

8. When the pudding is almost done, heat the ingredients for the sauce, ensuring that you melt all the sugar and butter.

9. When the pudding is done, remove from the oven, take off the foil and pour over the sauce. The pudding will take up all the sauce.


Malva pudding is a traditional warm South African dessert that is generally made and served during special occasions and over the Christmas holidays.
My aunts would always make this at family gatherings and it is best served hot/warm with some vanilla custard or vanilla ice-cream.

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