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South African Malva Pudding

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This Malva Pudding is an old South African Favorite, especially on cold winter nights, as it is best served warm with custard or cream.

I make this recipe very often, and it is super easy and always comes out beautifully.

So what is Malva pudding? It is a sweet pudding that has its origin in South Africa. What sets it apart is, it’s caramelized exterior and spongy interior when baked. Then it is soaked in a warm butter sauce and served with whipped cream, custard or ice cream.

South African Malva PuddingSouth African Malva Pudding

Here goes –

You Will Need:

1 cup flour

1 tbs apricot jam

1 tsp Bicarb of Soda

1 cup milk

pinch of salt

1 tbs margarine

1 tsp vinegar

1 cup sugar

1 egg


Mix all the above ingredients together and then pour into a greased oven to tableware dish like the one below. Try not to beat too long as you will beat all the air out of the mixture. It is normal for the margarine to be lumpy within the mixture.

south african malva puddingBake at 350 / 180 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out dry. It will look like a cake.

Now for the sauce.

You will need:

1/2 cup milk

1 tbs margarine

1/2 cup cream

1/2 cup sugar


Mix the above ingredients together and heat, either on the stove or in the microwave for two minutes. This will dissolve the sugar.

Once your pudding comes out of the oven you pour the sauce over the top. Do this while the pudding is still hot. I always prick holes in the top with a fork so that the sauce can sink in.

Serve with Cream, Custard or Ice Cream.

This South African Malva Pudding recipe serves 4 to 6 people.

If you have a crowd coming for dinner, this recipe works well doubled too.

Here is another variation of South African Malva Pudding that you can try:

You Will Need:


5 ml bicarbonate of soda

125 ml of full cream milk

200 g self-raising flour

100 g brown sugar

2 x large free-range eggs

25ml smooth apricot jam

25ml soft butter

1 ml salt


250 ml water

250 ml cream

250 g butter

200 g white sugar

10 ml vanilla essence


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Spray a 2-liter ovenproof pudding dish with non-stick spray.

Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda in the milk.

Mix the remaining batter ingredients together.

Stir in the milk mixture and mix very well.

Bake until golden brown (approx. 20 – 25 minutes).

While the mixture is in the oven, bring the sauce to a boil on the stove.

Take pudding out of the oven and while it is still hot pour the boiling sauce over the pudding.

Allow the sauce to soak in and allow to cool moderately before serving.

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