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The Best Malva Pudding

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Prep: 15 minutes Cook: 45 minutes

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Serves 6

Malva Pudding is a big part of South African Desserts, it is easy and you can create more dessert out of one recipe, the great thing about this Malva pudding is that you can add more ingredients like Fruits, Nuts and Wines. Be creative!!

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  • 250 ml Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 30 ml Apricot Jam
  • 30 ml Butter
  • 5 ml Vinegar
  • 125 ml Milk
  • 310 ml Cake Flour
  • 5 ml Bicarbonate Soda
  • 1 ml Salt


  • 250 ml Fresh Cream
  • 125 ml Butter
  • 125ml Brown Sugar
  • 125 ml Water
  • 5 ml Vanilla Essence
  • 30ml Golden Syrup (optional)
  • 4 Star Anise (optional)


  1. Heat the oven to 180°C Beat the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the apricot jam

  2. Melt butter in a small pot on medium heat and add the vinegar and milk Sift the flour, bicarb and salt together and add to the creamed mixture alternately with the milk. Pour into a deep round dish or an ovenproof casserole dish that takes about 2 litres

  3. Bake at 180°C for 45 minutes until the top is nicely browned

  4. Sauce: Bring the butter, cream, sugar and water to the boil and simmer, add star anise, vanilla essence and golden syrup and stirring all the time for 5 minutes. Remove from the stove. Pour over the hot baked pudding.

  5. Be Creative: Use Amarula Cream for Sauce. For Brandy Pudding: add 100 ml chopped Mixed Nuts (Walnuts), 100 ml Dates (Stone and Chopped) and 50 ml Glazed Cherries to the batter. add 100 ml Brandy to the Sauce.

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Linda Knox's picture
Linda Knox
21st Dec, 2017
Absolutely delicious!! A true South African treat....I am doubling this to make 2. Thank you for the metric measurements...being South African myself it helps as that is how we work it !!
19th Nov, 2017
Pic looks awful and why is it all in ml? Judging by this, it looks really complex and horrible.
30th Dec, 2016
This recipe is God awful. Nearly ruined our Kwanzaa dinner. The batter is way to thick and the outside burned while the inside was still batter. Luckily I was able to words make it work. The sauce is the only good part. Also, do not add the vinegar, that will make the milk curdle, unless that is supposed to happen?? Just use a different recipe this one is really bad.
5th Nov, 2016
I have never come across a recipe that has every ingredient listed in ml rather than grammes etc. It has put me off even trying it.
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