Malva pudding (Malvapoeding)

Malva pudding is the ultimate winter dessert. It is rich and syrupy, with a soft spongy texture. Comfort food at its best.

Serves 8.


Malva Pudding

  • ½ cup (125 ml) sugar
  • 1 extra large egg
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) apricot jam
  • 1 cup (250 ml) flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1½ teaspoon (7 ml) bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 cup (250 ml) milk


  • 1 cup (250 ml) sugar
  • ½ cup (125 ml) boiling water
  • 1 cup (250 ml) cream
  • 2 tablespoons (30 grams) butter
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) vanilla essence


  1. Pre-heat oven to 160°C. Butter an oven-proof dish (the dish needs to have a volume of 2.75 litre).
  2. Beat sugar and egg together.
  3. Add vinegar and apricot jam and beat well.
  4. Sift flour, baking powder and salt together. Mix into sugar, egg, vinegar and jam mixture.
  5. Mix bicarbonate of soda with milk. The last step is to stir the milk and bicarbonate soda combination, into the mixture.
  6. Pour in baking dish
  7. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour in a moderate oven of 160°C, until cooked through.
  8. Prepare syrup shortly before removing pudding from oven
  9. Heat sugar, water, cream and butter, while stirring, until the sugar has dissolved.
  10. Boil together for 5 minutes, add vanilla and pour the boiling syrup over the pudding after removing it from the oven.
  11. You can return the pudding to the oven for approximately 5 to 10 minutes.

Serve with cream, ice-cream or custard.