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South African Malvapoeding (Marshmallow Pudding)


"This rich, South African pudding contains no marshmallows, but probably got its name from its spongy texture! Delicious served hot or cold with cream."
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1 h 20 m servings 396 cals
Original recipe yields 10 servings

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In a small saucepan over low heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter or margarine together with vinegar and milk. Remove from heat, and set aside. Meanwhile, sift flour, baking soda, and salt together into a separate bowl.
  2. Beat 1 cup sugar and eggs with an electric mixer on high speed until fluffy and light colored, about 5 minutes. Gradually mix in the apricot jam. Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture alternately with warmed milk mixture using a spatula. Pour batter into a greased, 1 quart oven-proof baking dish.
  3. Bake approximately 45 minutes, or until a knife inserted into the center comes out clean.
  4. Place cream, butter, 1/2 cup sugar, and water in a saucepan and stir over moderate heat until the butter has melted and sugar is dissolved. Do not allow the mixture to boil.
  5. Remove pudding from the oven, pierce several times with a skewer or fork, and pour the hot cream mixture immediately over the pudding. Serve hot or cold.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 396 calories; 21.9 g fat; 47.5 g carbohydrates; 3.8 g protein; 102 mg cholesterol; 237 mg sodium. Full nutrition

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Not reviewing this recipe, but answering LORRAINE32's question ... superfine sugar is NOT confectioner's sugar. It is like granulated sugar but with much smaller pieces ... I make my own by put...

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I thought the apricot made it taste funny

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Not reviewing this recipe, but answering LORRAINE32's question ... superfine sugar is NOT confectioner's sugar. It is like granulated sugar but with much smaller pieces ... I make my own by put...

My husband made this for me after seeing it made on an Oprah show. Halfway through baking he poured the sauce on it like shown on the show. He used seedless blackberry preserves instead because ...

Really yummy recipe...Just to clear things up, the word "pudding" in British/South African English means "dessert", so all you Americans out there can stop being confused by the description alre...

As a response to other reviews only.Cake flour is not just a sifted flour. Cake flour has different properties which makes it a weak flour, in turn that's why cakes need binders and such, also t...

This is an incredible recipe, and one that (for once) I followed to the letter. For those expecting a pudding... don't. It is a rich, moist and spongy cake. The sauce makes this a decadent de...

Being a South African this recipe is the one my mom taught me when I was younger. but I have to say that it was surprising to see that the translation of the name is marshmallow pudding :) I've ...

I made this last night and loved it - it's just as I remember it! It turned out perfectly and absolutely delicious. I definitely recommend using orange juice (instead of water or sherry). Serve ...

Cake flour: has a less expansive gluten for crumblier texture. Acceptable substitution is to remove 2 T all purpose flour per cup as required for the recipe. I think that commercially availab...

This was so delicious. I didn't quite know what to expect with this recipe with a name like Marshmallow Pudding and reading some of the ingredients but I was more than pleasantly surprised I use...