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SOUTH AFRICAN MALVA PUDDING

If there is a single pudding which shouts "South African" then this deliciously decadent dessert is it!

There is some dispute as to the origin of the name "Malva" with respect to the Malva Pudding

Some believe the pudding was named after a woman named Malva.

Others, because the pudding texture is soft and light, as is a marshmallow, and the Afrikaans for marshmallow is "malva" make the obvious connection in respect of the pudding


Still others believe that the name comes from the fact that Malva pudding used to be served, in the Cape, with a dessert wine called Malvacea from Maderia

However, irrespective of where the name Malva Pudding comes from, it is a superbly delicious dessert pudding

Malva Pudding Ingredients

For the Batter

2 large eggs room temperature
1 cup castor sugar
1 tbsp smooth apricot jam [do NOT use whole fruit]
6 oz [185g] cake flour
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
tsp salt
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vinegar
cup [125ml] milk
A little butter for greasing

For the Sauce

1 cup cream
cup butter
cup soft brown sugar
cup water
2 tsp treacle
tsp Vanilla essence

To Make the Malva Pudding

Preheat oven to 350oF [180oC]

First make the batter

Beat the eggs and castor sugar, in a large mixing bowl, until light and fluffy

Add the apricot jam and beat well

In another bowl, sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the salt

Melt the butter, over low heat, in a saucepan. Add the vinegar and milk

Alternating the flour and milk mixtures, fold into the egg mixture

Grease a baking tray and pour the pudding batter into it.

Bake, on the middle shelf, for 45-50 minutes, until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean

Meanwhile make the sauce

Heat the cream, butter, brown sugar, water and treacle in a saucepan over medium heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter melted

Do NOT let the sauce mixture boil

Remove from the heat and add the Vanilla essence

When you remove the pudding from the oven, pierce a number of times with a skewer, or the tines of a fork

Pour the hot sauce over it. The holes, previously made, enable the sauce to better permeate the Malva Pudding

Serve the dessert hot with Custard or Whipped cream... Malva pudding is also delicious eaten cold, with cold custard, whipped cream or even vanilla ice-cream.

Serves 6


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