Guest Blogger: Linden Quinlan’s Malva Pudding

My challenge for the week  is to bake a Malva Pudding and it was inspired by my friend Linden. She lives in the UK and wanted to do a South African meal for her guests. She made babotie and her pudding was described as “having too much of everything in it!”

Here is the recipe she used:


If you would like to try the rich and more traditional version of Malva Pudding, and I think it should be done once in a while, here is a recipe for the sauce to drench it in as soon as it leaves the oven.


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Malva Pudding


  • 1 heaped tablespoon butter
  • 3 heaped tablespoons apricot jam
  • 1 egg
  • 25 mls flour
  • 5 mls bicarbonate of soda
  • 125 mls sugar
  • 125 mls milk


  • Preheat the oven to 180° Celsius
  • Cream together the butter and sugar.
  • Add the beaten egg and jam and beat together.
  • Add the dry ingredients and milk alternately and stir into the mixture.
  • Pour the batter into a greased round dish approx 21cm.
  • Cover either with a lid or tinfoil and bake for 30 minutes until the top is browned and a skewer comes out clean.
  • Serve warm with custard and cream.
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Malva Pudding Sauce


  • 250 mls cream
  • 100 g butter
  • 125 mls sugar
  • 60 mls hot water


  • Warm together the ingredients until the butter has melted and the sugar dissolved and pour over the pudding as it comes out of the oven.
  • You can prick holes in the top to help the sauce soak in.


With the sauce incorporated into the Malva Pudding you hardly need anything else to accompany it, the cream being already inside!
Just for appearances' sake though you might like to serve it with a conservative dollop of vanilla ice cream, or a few poached apricots and a drizzle of cream.
The other compromise is to reserve some of the sauce to serve alongside the pudding rather than letting the whole amount soak in.

Thanks Linden!
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0 thoughts on “Guest Blogger: Linden Quinlan’s Malva Pudding

  1. I did one, but Saturday night fell flat and I was cross and didn’t take a photo, so I will have to another during the week.

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