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Make the Arguably Best South African Dessert at Home

Malva pudding is a staple South African dessert you can enjoy at home. It is very easy to prepare and should be enjoyed while it is still warm.


  • 1 tbsp butter room temperature
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt


  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 125 ml cream
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp water


Pudding Recipe:

  • Preheat your oven to 180℃ (350℉). Keep in mind that ovens can vary, so adjust the temperature if needed.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients: butter, sugar, jam, and egg. Beat the mixture until it lightens and becomes slightly fluffier. If you don’t have a mixer, a fork will work too.
  • In a separate measuring cup or bowl, mix the milk, vinegar, and vanilla essence with a light whisking.
  • In another measuring cup/bowl, combine the bicarbonate of soda with the flour and stir briefly.
  • Gradually add the milk mixture and flour mixture to the large mixing bowl, alternating between the two, and mix well as you go along.
  • Pour the batter into a lightly greased oven-proof dish (around 30x15cm or a similar size).
  • Bake the pudding for about 45 minutes or until a knife inserted comes out with spongy crumbs stuck to it (the knife won’t come out clean, but it should be cooked).
  • Let the pudding rest in its mold for a short while after pouring the sauce over it.

Sauce Recipe:

  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a pot and bring them to a boil.
  • Allow the mixture to simmer for 3 minutes while stirring constantly to enhance the sauce’s flavor.
  • To help the sauce soak into the pudding evenly, puncture the pudding with a fork a few times, ensuring it doesn’t pool on the sides.
  • Slowly pour the sauce over the pudding, making sure every part is covered and moistened.

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