• Possibly the most iconic South African dessert ever, here’s an easy, melt-in-the-mouth malva pudding recipe to wow your guests!

    Preparation Time: 10 mins

    Cooking Time: 60 mins

    Serves: 4-6 people

    malva pudding
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    3⁄4 cup of sugar
    2 large eggs
    1 tablespoon of apricot jam
    150 g cake flour
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    ½ teaspoon salt
    1 generous tablespoon of butter
    1 teaspoon vinegar
    ⅓ cup of milk

    For the sauce:

    200 ml fresh cream
    100 g butter
    150 grams of sugar
    ⅓ cup of hot water (90ml)
    2 teaspoons vanilla essence


    Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
    Grease an oven dish. I used a 7 x 7 x 1 ½ inch Pyrex dish.
    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.
    Leave to stand a while before serving. Serve warm. Because it’s rich it does not really need enhancement, but if you want, serve with vanilla ice cream.

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    Written by Olerato Ramafsi for Getaway.

    Feature image: Getty