Malva pudding is traditional Cape Dutch dessert that is sweet and rich and delicious. You’ll find it at most markets, fairs, fetes and festivals in the Overberg.
It is essentially a spongy ‘cake’ baked with a hot creamy sauce and it is served, hot, with custard, cream or ice cream.
Most recipes that are handed down in families will have a secret ingredient like a bit of ginger or lemon rind, that make it special and different.
Here is a basic recipe. Malva pudding is easy to make and is always an absolute hit.
- 375 ml (1½ C) cream
- 125 g (½ C) butter, cut into blocks
- 200 ml (¾ C + 2 t) dark brown sugar
- 1 ml (¼ t) salt
- 15 ml (1 T) Apricot Jam
- 30 g (2 T) butter
- 100 ml (⅓ C + 4 t) dark brown sugar
- 45 ml (3 T) Apricot Jam
- 1 egg
- 5 ml (1 t) bicarbonate of soda
- 125 ml (½ C) milk
- 250 ml (1 C) cake flour
- 1 ml (¼ t) salt
- 20 ml (4 t) vinegar
- Place the cream, butter, sugar, salt and Apricot Jam in a medium saucepan.
- Stir continually over a high heat, bring the sauce to the boil.
- Reduce the heat and simmer for two minutes.
- Remove from heat and keep warm.
- Cream the butter and the sugar together until the butter is pale and soft.
- Beat in the Apricot Jam.
- Beat in the egg.
- Dissolve the bicarbonate of soda into the milk.
- Sift the cake flour and the salt together and add to the batter, alternating with the milk.
- Beat in the vinegar.
- Spoon the batter into an ovenproof pudding bowl that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
- Pour half of the sauce over the batter.
- Bake the Malva Pudding in an oven preheated to 180˚C for 40 minutes or until risen and golden.
- Remove from the oven and pour over the remaining sauce a little at a time until all the sauce is absorbed by the hot pudding.
- Serve hot with custard, cream or ice cream.