Malva Pudding

This dessert looks like a plain yellow cake -- but it doesn't taste like one. Contributor Marie Houle writes: "My niece is spending two years in Johannesburg, South Africa with her husband and four children. Her favorite new holiday dessert is Malva Pudding. It’s a baked dessert available in all South African restaurants during the winter season.

"When she made it for her family her eldest boy was doing without dessert as a self-imposed punishment for some minor infraction of the household rules. He begged his mom not to make Malva Pudding until he was able to eat desserts again, but she forgot.

"Nate, being the resourceful teenager he is, asked his mom to save him a piece for his afterschool snack so he could enjoy the pudding with the rest of his family. Yes, it’s that good – even teen-aged boys will figure out how to get their share."


3/4 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon apricot jam
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vinegar
1/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease a 7 x 7 x 1 1/2 oven dish.
Beat sugar and eggs until thick and lemon colored, add the jam and mix well. Melt the butter and add butter and vinegar to pudding.  Mix together flour, soda and salt. Add to pudding alternately with milk. Beat well. Pour into greased dish and bake until pudding is puffy and brown. Should take between 30 to 45 minutes – depending on your oven.


In a saucepan, melt together:
3/4 cup cream
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup hot water
2 teaspoons vanilla

Stir well and pour over pudding as soon as it comes out of the oven. Let stand until it looks well saturated. Serve warm.

It’s rich and doesn’t really need it, but some people serve it with vanilla ice cream.

Marie Houle


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