Malva Pudding

Hot malva pudding on a cold day, drizzled with custard
cake ingredients

Sponge Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbs bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 Tbs apricot jam
  • 1 Tbs vinegar
  • 1 Tbs melted butter
  • 1 cup milk

Sauce Ingredients

  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ cup butter


  1. Set oven at 180°C/ Gas mark 4
  2. Grease, with butter, an ovenproof glass approximately 30cm X 20cm X 5cm.
  3. Cut a piece of aluminium foil to cover it while the pudding is in the oven and grease it well with butter on one side.
  4. Sift the flour and the bicarb into a bowl and stir in the sugar.
  5. In another bowl beat the egg very well and add the remaining ingredients [excluding those for the sauce] one by one, beating well between each addition.
  6. Using a wooden spoon beat the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix well.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish, cover with the foil, greased side down and bake for 45 minutes in the present oven until well risen and brown and for a further five minutes without the foil if not sufficiently brown. If not sufficiently baked the dessert will not take up all the sauce making it stodgy inside.
  8. When the pudding is almost done, heat the ingredients for the sauce, ensuring that you melt all the sugar and butter.
  9. When the pudding is done, remove from the oven, take off the foil and pour over the sauce.
  10. Serve hot, warm or at room temperature, with cream or vanilla custard.

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