Date Archives April 2018

Malva Pudding


his cheeky African delight was introduced to me over Easter. And I’ll openly admit it was a surprising delight and one that I instantly fell in love with. Not just because our version was soaked in brandy.

Significant to many a South African upbringing I’m told, I’m still unsure if brandy should be your choice of liquid for your soaking sauce. I was persuaded otherwise and failed to argue the point. After a brief research it didn’t seem out of the question but I’m led to believe a more water/sherry/orange juice based option is popular. However…I encourage brandy. And I encourage brandy in this dessert.

Malva is the equivalent of the English sticky toffee pudding except sticky toffee is significantly sweeter and made with dates. This moist, dense, almost caramelised texture is amazingly moreish. Once the seemingly normal sponge mixture has baked, commitment and speed are needed to lather the hot baked cake in a rich creamy sauce to the point where its almost swimming in liquid. Patience is then required to let this soak thoughtfully through the many layers. What you’re left with is a warm, dense, moist and gorgeously decadent pudding. Unlike sticky toffee (which I avoid on most occasions), this doesn’t come with a sickly sugary sauce. But don’t be fooled. It needs custard…and plenty of it. Malva swimming in custard would not be a crime.

Serves 8-10



  • 30g unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 125ml milk
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 2 free range eggs
  • 1tbsp apricot jam
  • 190g self raising flour
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • Pinch salt
  • Custard, to serve


  • 250ml double cream
  • 115g unsalted butter
  • 100g caster sugar
  • 125ml brandy
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C Grease a large baking dish.
  2. Sift the flour and bicarb together with a pinch of salt and set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, using an electric whisker if you have one, whisk the sugar and eggs on a high speed for a few minutes until pale and fluffy.
  4. Mix in the apricot jam and vinegar.
  5. Add the melted butter
  6. Add a third of the flour and fold into the egg mixture.
  7. Add a third of the milk and fold this in too.
  8. Continue alternating between flour and milk until you have a well mixed batter.
  9. Pour into your baking dish and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.
  10. When you have up to 10 minutes left on your baking, prepare the sauce.
  11. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and heat until the sugar has dissolved and the butter has melted. Keep warm.
  12. As soon as the sponge has baked, remove from the oven and pierce all over with a skewer, particularly around the edges.
  13. Pour your hot sauce over the top gently at first allowing it to seep through and then add all of the mixture. It may seem like a lot but don’t panic. It will seep in eventually and be delicious. Leave to rest and absorb for about 20 minutes or ideally pop back in the oven with the heat off and let sit until ready to serve.

Serve warm liberally bathed in hot custard! This is also perfect to reheat if there should by miracle be leftovers.