Mum’s recipe for malva pudding

This recipe for malva pudding was sent in by Lenore Scheepers to honour her mum for our Mother’s Day tributes. Her words were so kind and if baking this pudding would get us only a fraction closer to knowing the wonderful woman she gets to call mum, then we were most definitely going to bake it. Thank heavens for malva pudding and moms.

Recipe for malva pudding

‘My mom is one of the most awesome people I know. She’s smart, talented, dedicated and has a big heart. She’s been through a lot in her life (including the loss of my big sister), but never fails to reach out and help someone. She and my Dad have been married over 30 years, and their relationship is a great example of how to lay good foundations to build a good marriage. Mom and Dad have been living in Canada for the past 7 or so years, so we don’t see each other as often as we would like (thank heavens for Skype!) I hope that one day I can be even half as amazing as she is.’ – Lenore Scheepers

Lenore and her mum


For the pudding
1 cup full cream milk
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup flour
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ tsp salt
1 tsp bicarb of soda
1 large egg
1 Tbsp vinegar
2 Tbsp apricot jam

For the syrup
1 cup white sugar
1 cup full cream milk
½ cup boiling water
¼ cup butter at room temperature
1 tsp vanilla essence


1. Preheat the oven to 160ºC.
2. Mix the cup of milk and the teaspoon of bicarb together.
3. Mix the remaining ingredients in a separate bowl.
4. Add the milk and bicarb mixture and mix the batter well.
5. Pour the malva pudding batter into a dish at least 5cm deep. Bake for 30 minutes.
6. To make the syrup, boil all the sauce ingredients together.
7. Poke holes into the pudding when it comes straight out of the oven and pour the sauce over from the middle to edges.

Et voilà. This pudding couldn’t be simpler to make and feels like a real South African treat with the apricot jam. A warm, sticky thank you to Lenore Scheepers and her faraway mum in Canada for passing on their malva pudding recipe.

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