South African origin, Malva pudding is a sweet pudding that will satisfy every sweet tooth. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with custard and/or ice-cream.

Here is a easy Malva pudding recipe I know will keep you warm inside this winter.


  • 30 ml butter
  • 250 ml sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 30 ml vinegar
  • 10 ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 60 mljam — apricot
  • 500 ml flour — cake
  • 250 ml milk
  • salt — just a pinch
  • Sauce 500 ml milk
  • 375 ml boiled water —
  • 375 ml sugar30 mlbutter
  • 60 ml butter
  • 45 ml vanilla — essence


Preheat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg Celsius.
Grease an oven dish. I used a Pyrex dish. (18 x 18 x 4 1/2 cm)

Beat or whip the sugar and eggs. It’s quickest in a food processor, or use electric beaters. Beat until thick and lemon coloured, then add the jelly (jam) and mix through.

Melt the butter (don’t boil) and add the butter and vinegar to the wet mixture.

Sieve, or simply mix together: the flour, soda and salt.
Add this mixture with the milk to the egg mixture in the processor or mixing bowl. Beat well.
Pour into an oven-proof dish and bake until pudding is brown and well-risen — depending on your oven and oven dish this will be between 30 – 45 minutes.

In a pot, melt together the ingredients for the sauce, and stir well.
Pour it over the pudding as soon as it comes out of the oven.

Let it rest before serving. Serve warm, I like mine served with vanilla ice cream.