Wednesday, July 25, 2012

A truly South African recipe: Magic Malva Pudding

Recently Ethan entered a competition for Kids National Geographic and this was his favourite South African recipe he entered and so I thought I would share it with you (you will notice that it remains unedited, as it is aimed at children)

The Malva Madness
50ml butter (make it slightly soft in the microwave otherwise it can be very hard)
400g white sugar 
2 eggs (big ones)
2 teaspoons Bicarbonate of Soda
2 cups milk
525ml flour (the regular one not the one that has baking powder in already)
3 tablespoons (big spoons) of apricot jam
2 tablespoons vinegar (the white one)

And now add some Magic

1 cup cream
220g brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla essence 
pinch of salt

How to make it
You have to put the oven on first at 180 degrees Celsius
Make sure you put all your baking things and ingredients on the counter first so you know where to find everything and also to make sure that you haven't forgotten something like the time my mother made a cake and didn't know that she didn't have any baking powder. We almost didn't have cake.

First you start by mixing the butter and sugar together. I used an electric beater but I am sure you could do it with a normal whisk, its just much harder to do. Put your eggs in as well. Make sure you break your eggs in a separate cup first otherwise you might end up with broken pieces of egg shell or even worse a rotten egg and then you will have to start all over again. And just do them one at a time, its better that way. Use the beater again.

Put your bicarbonate of soda in the milk and stir it until you can't feel the pieces. It must feel smooth. If it's not dissolved it feels like there is sand in the milk. Now you must put this together with the sugar and butter.

All the other ingredients must be added, it looks like a lot but once you mix it with the beater, it will go down a little. You must put in the flour with a sieve, the jam and the vinegar. You have to beat it until its smooth. It's quite runny but don't worry once you cook it, it will look just like a cake.

Use a oven dish that you have spread butter over so that it doesn't stick. Pour it all in and put it in the oven for 40 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.

Now while you are waiting for the cake part to cook, you need to make the sauce which is the best part. Without the sauce there would be no magic just Malva Madness. Because you will be mad that you forgot to put the sauce on. In a small pot you need to put all the sauce ingredients, cook it until it boils and all the brown sugar needs to be dissolved. It might get a little thick but that's even better because it makes the malva even more delicious and sticky. Don't leave your pot, otherwise it will bubble over or burn.

The moment the malva is ready you must pour the sauce over straight away so that all the sauce gets sucked in. They both have to be hot for it to work. The best time to eat it is while it's really hot with ice--cream, which is my favourite, or with custard or even better, with both.
I hope you enjoy this, I know it's my favourite.


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  1. so glad you posted this....really liked the taste of it...going to try and make this soon!!!!

    1. Glad you liked it, we still had more for snack time, you can imagine how much concentration the kids have for homeschooling after that!

  2. I was rather appaled by the excess amount of sugar required by this recipe. I prepared the malva pudding for guests and is was unanimously decided that this is by far the sweetest malva pudding tried and tested to date. It was rather distasteful and unpleasant. This is the perfect recipe for heart palpitations; increased blood sugar levels or hyperglycemia and hyperactivity in children.

    1. Dear Anon
      Thank you for the constructive criticism - it explains a lot - the heart palpitations, the high blood sugar levels and the absolute hyperactivity in my children. Having made this twice in my life, we loved it, but of course you should pursue a more healthy dessert. I would love to have you pop us an alternative recipe that maybe more "healthy".


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