Malva pudding is a classic South African dessert that is moist, sweet, and deliciously indulgent. It is a sponge-like cake made with a combination of butter, sugar, eggs, flour, and milk. The pudding is then soaked in a rich, creamy sauce made from cream, butter, and sugar.
The name “malva” comes from the Afrikaans word for marshmallow, which refers to the soft, fluffy texture of the pudding. The dessert is typically served warm and is often accompanied by custard or vanilla ice cream.
To make Malva pudding, you first need to mix the butter and sugar together until it is light and fluffy. Then, add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Next, sift in the flour and baking powder and fold it into the mixture. Finally, add the milk and mix until everything is combined.
The batter is then poured into a greased baking dish and baked in the oven until golden brown and cooked through. While the pudding is baking, the sauce is made by combining cream, butter, and sugar in a saucepan and heating until the sugar has dissolved and the mixture is smooth.
Once the pudding is done, it is removed from the oven and immediately pierced all over with a skewer or fork to create holes for the sauce to soak into. The warm sauce is then poured over the top of the pudding, and it is left to absorb the sauce for at least 30 minutes before serving.
The result is a decadent and delicious dessert that is loved by many South Africans and has become popular in other parts of the world too.