Sunday, 26 April 2009

Malva Pudding

Malva Pudding (by Christ tell)
The other day, I was having lunch with a friend and we orderer the soup of the day which happened to be a South African soup called Sousbountje, a hot and sour soup made with tamarind, mustard seeds and red kidney beans (I migh try to make this one at some stage!).
We both loved the soup and started on that subject. My friend then mentioned a dessert he'd tried in South Africa. He seemed so enthusiatic that I asked him if he knew the name, as I might like to look into it. He said: better, I can get you the recipe! So he sent a text to a friend and tadaaa... In the afternoon he emailed me the recipe.

One day later, I made the recipe...
The quantities were all in strange units, so I had to adapt them which was not too hard.

This recipe serves 2
For the Pudding
- 1/2 coffee cup of sugar
- 1 egg
- 25g butter
- 2 spoons smooth apricot jam (I used Mirabelle plum jam - Mirabelle is a round and yellow type of plum quite common in France and a specialty of the region I come from)
- 1 coffee cup of flour (I used soya flour, which is gluten free) flour
- 1 coffee cup of milk
- 1 tablespoon vinegar( I used white wine vinegar)
- 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

For the Sauce
- 50g butter
- 1/2 coffee cup sugar
- ½ coffee cup water
- 1 coffee cup cream or milk (I chose the evil option: double cream - I don't regret it!)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla essence

Making the Pudding:
1) Mix the sugar, egg, butter and jam together well
2) Add the flour and milk. Mix well
3) Add the bicarb and vinegar and mix again
4) Pour in earthenware, bake at 180°C, covered, until set

Making the Sauce:
1) Melt together the butter, sugar and water
2) Add the cream or milk and bring to the boil
3) Remove from the heat and add the vanilla essence

Once the pudding is baked, remove from the oven and pour the warm sauce over the pudding.

Enjoy as is, or serve with custard or vanilla ice cream.
Malva Pudding (by Christ tell)

My verdict? ok, my friend told me how good it was, but I did not expect it to be THAT FORMIDABLY great, not a diet cake for sure, but now ranking sky high in my favorites. It was absolutely delicious, the texture is a bit like a sticky toffee pudding and the taste is, well let me find the word,.. UNEARTHLY!!!!
And it is a doodle to make, so easy!

Yes I will do it again, and no later than wednesday as I have friends over!
Malva Pudding (by Christ tell)

Other useful info from wikipedia: 'The pudding's name is derived from Malvacea wine from Madeira. The dessert and dessert wine used to be served together after main course at Cape tables. It is of distinct Cape Dutch origin with many unique additions which my differ from one area to the next eg. ginger, apricot jam. There are also many variants of this dessert namely the Cape Brandy Pudding which also include brandy and dates and the Tipsy Tart which contains only brandy'
Source: Cheryl Labuschagne


Christina Kim said...

This looks reaaaaaaaaaalllyy decadent and tasty! I especially like the "bicarbonate of soda"!

5 Star Foodie said...

Wow, sounds heavenly!

Ricardo said...

That's not easy does it, that is scrumptiously does it, magnificently does it. superb does it ...loved that desert lovely with custard. :) xxx
Rico-Recipes said...

That does look/sound good. I'd never heard of it--thanks!

shizuokagourmet said...

Dear Christelle!
Thank you so much for changing your comment box!
I'm sure more people will come to visit you!
I noticed that good friends like Natasha and ricardo are already here!
No many South African recipes on Foodbuzz, yet. Yours are more welcome for it!

Ilan said...

That looks delicious!
Thanks for the recipe and the amazing photo :)

vibi said...

Waouhhh! Y'a un moment que je n'étais pas venue, il me semble... parce que j'ai râté de bien belles choses! MIAM! Ce pouding entre autre me semble extra! le Kung Po! Y'a longtemps que je veut en faire!

Suis bien contente d'être passée... merci Christelle pour toutes ces merveilleuses idées!

Justin said...

this looks great, but what does "malva" bean?

Christelle said...

To Christina, 5starsfoodie,,Ricardo,Ilan:
Yup Definitely tasty :) forget any diet though ;)

To shizuokagourmet and Vibi:
I've been very busy but I'm back on tracks for some catch up with everybody's blogs and new posts, Yay!

Great point, I have added the answer to your question at the end of the post! :)

Justin said...

thanks, and thanks for sending me that note on twitter about it