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This malva pudding is a traditional South African favourite recipe with a twist: Amarula sauce.

Amarula malva pudding



Serves 8

Malva pudding

  • 1 egg
  • 250 ml sugar
  • 1 tbs smooth apricot jam
  • 2 tbs softened butter
  • 250 ml fl our
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 250 ml milk
  • 1 tsp vinegar


Amarula sauce

  • 125 ml melted butter
  • 200 ml cream
  • 125 ml caster sugar
  • 80 ml Amarula

Beat egg and sugar until creamy, then add jam and butter, stirring to combine thoroughly. Sift together the dry ingredients and pour them into the egg-and-sugar mixture. Stir to combine. Pour in the milk slowly. When the mixture is combined, add the vinegar. Pour into a baking dish and cover with foil. Bake at 180°C for about 45 minutes. Remove foil and bake for a further 10 minutes, or until golden brown.

To make the sauce, combine the butter, cream and caster sugar in a saucepan over low heat and stir until the sugar is dissolved and the sauce thickens – this will take a few minutes. Take the sauce off the heat and add the Amarula. Pour the sauce slowly over the pudding as soon as it comes out of the oven. Once the pudding is saturated with sauce, pour the remainder into a jar for guests to add. Serve immediately, with custard on the side.


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  • Ezette Adao

    Hi E,

    Thought you might want to try this one out…

  • Dominique Nel

    While I pride myself in making a fabulous Malva Pudding, I’ve never considered adding some Amarula. Can’t wait for an occasion to give it a go 😉

  • Alice

    I am so excited to make this!!!

    • Laura kinner

      I am going to make this dessert for dinner for a party of 6 tomorrow evening – watch this space for feedback

  • TIna

    This was tried out and did not impress…too runny….did not rise…either too much milk or not enough flour…are the ingredients correct?

    • Carol

      There is definitely a problem with the recipe. Other recipes with the same quanitity of ingredients call for half the quantity of milk.

    • Amadea

      I made it and it worked perfectly however I creamed butter and sugar then added jam then egg and beat. Then added the flour and milk after that mixed the bicarb and vinegar before adding it. I baked it in the top of the oven with a baking sheet full of water on the lower shelf. Then dont open the oven more than once to check. Matbe that will help.

  • natalie

    made this for mates the other day, was jummy….making it for christmas.

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