Traditional Malva pudding

Traditions play a big part in our lives. Each family has their own traditions that are handed down to the next generation, and the same with every country.

When I lived at home we always ate dinner at the table. My mom insisted as it gave us a chance to talk about our days. This has been passed on to me, and I now make Frank eat dinner at the table instead of in front of the tv. (Much to his horror…) Another tradition my mom and I have is to say “love you lots” to each other at the end of every conversation. I said it so many times that I said it to a friend on the phone one day by mistake! It was a great tradition to let each other know that we care, even if I may have said it to randoms by mistake every now and again.

Frank’s family has started a new tradition which I love. The tradition is for the whole family to go away for a weekend once a year, and instead of buying each other gifts the money goes towards the house we rent. This year’s family weekend was last weekend, and we went to Berry. We stayed in a fabulously quirky house and spent the weekend relaxing and catching up. To make catering easier each couple took two meals to cook over the weekend. And since it was a traditional weekend, I decided to make a traditional South African dessert as one of our meals. I got the recipe from my line manager, who got it from an old Aunt back home, and it tastes just like I remember!

According to Wikipedia, ‘Malva Pudding is a sweet pudding of Dutch origin, usually served hot with custard and/or ice-cream. It is made with apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture. It is often found on the dessert menu of South African restaurants.It is of distinct Cape Dutch origin with many unique additions which may differ from one area to the next’. All I know is that it is South African, and it is delicious!

Malva Pudding – recipe origin unknown


1 cup sugar
1 egg
3 tbsp apricot jam
1 cup flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp margarine
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 cup milk

1 cup whipping cream (not whipped)
1 tbsp butter
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup hot water
5ml vanilla extract

Beat the egg and sugar well in a mixer. Add the jam, sift flour, bicarbonate of soda, baking powder and salt. Melt the butter add the lemon juice and milk. Add liquids to egg mixture alternately with the flour. Beat well and bake in a covered dish 180C for 45 minute to 1 hour.

Melt together the ingredients for the sauce and pour over the pudding as it comes out of the oven. Pop back in and bake for 20 mins, until sauce has caramelized. Serve with ice-cream or cream if you wish!

6 Responses to “Traditional Malva pudding”

  1. 1 Honey @ honeyandsoy 24/08/2010 at 9:36 pm

    Aw that is a lovely family tradition and makes more sense so you don’t have presents you don’t really have a need for lying around. And Berry is beautiful! We’ve always passed through but not stayed. Glad to hear you had a lovely time! Do you know what Malva means? Just curious…

    • 2 lollcakes 25/08/2010 at 5:40 pm

      Thanks Honey! According to Wikipedia, Malva pudding’s name is derived from Malvacea wine from Madeira. Apparently the dessert and dessert wine used to be served together after main course at Cape tables. Berry is wonderful in winter, with blazing fires. Aah, to be back there…

  2. 3 Anna Johnston 25/08/2010 at 6:02 pm

    I do like your Malva Pudding, its got that rich filling look about it too. I love family traditions and really like your hubby’s family tradition – a family getaway once a year, great idea.

  3. 4 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella 25/08/2010 at 9:02 pm

    Ooh I’ve seen this pudding on Oprah a few years ago and I made it as it sounded so delicious!! 😀

  4. 5 betty 26/08/2010 at 12:17 pm

    this looks GREAT but i wonder how the cake goes so brown, with just apricot jam??

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