South African Malva Pudding Recipe

South African Malva Pudding Recipe

Malva pudding is a sweet, sticky pudding that contains apricot jam and has a spongy, caramelised texture. This traditional South African recipe comes from our office volunteer, Mary.

Batter ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon apricot jam
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • Generous pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 cup milk

Sauce ingredients

  • 1 cup cream
  • 4 oz (125g) butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot water


Beat the egg and sugar well in a mixer (if you have one – otherwise, just do it by hand). Add the jam. Sift flour, bicarb and salt. Melt the butter and add the vinegar. Add liquids to egg mixture alternately with the flour. Beat well and bake in a covered dish at 180 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.

Melt together the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the pudding as it comes out of the oven. The sauce ingredients can be halved if you wish to be a touch healthier!

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