Malva Pudding, South Africa Dessert

A Traditional South African Christmas Recipe

Malva Pudding is a sweet and moist cake recipe from South Africa made with apricot jam and cream.

Malva Pudding is usually served hot with custard or ice-cream and is a typical South African dessert. It is of Dutch origin and is named after the Portuguese wine they paired it with (though others argue it was named after a woman called Malva), but South Africans have made it their own with the unique addition of apricot jam.

500g butter | margarine
400g sugar
4 large eggs
1kg self-raising flour sifted
1-litre milk
50ml white vinegar
15ml bicarbonate soda
5ml salt
130g | 100ml smooth apricot jam

How Do You Make South African Malva Pudding

1. Preheat your own to 180ยฐC and butter a 20cm square baking dish.

2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, brown sugar, eggs, apricot jam, melted butter, and vinegar until thoroughly combined.

3. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and then combine the dry with the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined.ย 

4. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and then combine the dry with the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined.ย 

5. Pour the mixture into your prepared baking pan and bake for about 30-40 minutes until you can insert a knife and it comes out clean.

6. While the pudding is nearly finished baking, make your sauce. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the cream, milk, butter, sugar, and salt. Heat until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved.

7. Once the pudding is finished, poke holes all over the hot pudding with a skewer and then pour the warm sauce over the pudding. Let the pudding rest for at least 30 minutes before serving warm.