Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding, also known as Marshmallow Pudding or Vinegar Pudding, has its roots in the Cape Dutch era This pudding has many variations from family recipes that have been passed on down the years. It is one of those feel good desserts and can be found served in almost every home in South Africa or on most restaurant menus.

It is a fairly simple dessert to make that will fill the home with a mouth watering aroma. It is mostly served with whipped cream or hot runny custard and even with ice-cream. Once you make it, you will repeat the making of Malva Pudding again and again during the colder weather. This recipe serves 6 people.

250ml sugar
60ml smooth apricot jam
250ml cake flour
250ml milk
10ml vinegar
10ml vanilla essence
5ml Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
1 egg
1ml salt

Sauce ingredients
250ml evaporated milk or cream
100g unsalted butter (at room temperature)
125ml sugar
60ml hot water

Set oven to 180deg C.
Beat together the sugar, egg, butter and jam until pale and fluffy.
Sift together the flour, salt and bicarbonate of soda.
Mix together the milk, vinegar and vanilla essence.
Fold the flour and milk mixtures alternatively into the egg mixture until thoroughly mixed.
Pour into a buttered oven dish, cover with a lightly oiled aluminium foil and bake for about 45 minutes or until firm.

While the pudding is baking combine the sauce ingredients in a saucepan and heat, stirring until the butter melts and the sugar has dissolved.
Pour this mixture over the hot pudding.
Serve warm with softly whipped cream.