Traditional malva pudding

Malva pudding - traditional south african


The recipe for a South African traditional malva pudding has been in our family for ages.

It is extremely easy to make and a sure treat for any Sunday lunch or whenever it fancies you really.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1.5 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla essence
  • 2 Tbsp golden syrup
  • 2 Tbsp white grape vinegar
  • 2 tsp bicarb of soda, dissolved in a little water

For the syrup

  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 125 ml butter
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla essence

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. Mix all the ingredients for the batter together and add the bicarb mixture right at the end. Pour into a deep dish or 2 smaller dishes. Bake for 1 hour.

In the meantime prepare the syrup sauce by combining all the ingredients and cook over medium to low heat.

Once the malva is cooked and ready, poke a few holes in it for the sauce to seep in and cover completely with sauce.

At this point you could return it to your oven for 5 minutes to caramelise even more, but this is not necessary.

Once the malva has soaked up all the sauce, serve with cold custard and/or vanilla ice cream.

4 Replies to “Traditional malva pudding”

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  3. Hi,

    at which step does the vinegar go in ?

    1. Hi Trixy, all ingredients except for the 2 tsp bicarb of soda, dissolved in a little water go in at the same time. So vinegar will be at step 1.

      Let us know how it turns out.

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