Malva Pudding

I am still feeling really weak and fragile.
I am glad that the schools are on holiday.
Annie and I are napping with Xavier every afternoon.
We are sleeping together in my bed.
It is so lovely and peaceful.

She is so much better for it too.
It makes me wonder if I am putting too much on her by sending her to school every day.
I think she needs this rest as much as I do.

I have no inclination to step out into the world.
I am really happy in my cocoon with my children around me.
Whilst the world is waking up to Spring, I am still in my Winter slumber, it seems.

This virus has really slowed me down.
Enough to look at my children.
To enjoy them.

Whilst the mountain of clothes that I had just managed to get under control, is once again overflowing.

The children made Malva Pudding today.

A traditional South African dessert with Dutch origins.
The one we made here.

It is really easy to make. I didn't do a thing other than measure out the ingredients and pour the batter into the pan.

I haven't met a single person who doesn't love it.
Give it a try.

Here it is in pictures.

Malva Pudding:


1 heaped tablespoon of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 heaped tablespoons of apricot jam
1 cup of flour
1 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
1/2 a cup of milk

Cream together the butter and sugar.

Add the beaten egg and jam and mix together.

If you are sixteen months old, stop helping your sister with the baking.
Eat copious amounts of apricot jam instead.

Add the dry ingredients and milk alternately and stir into the mixture.
Pour the batter into a greased round dish approximately 21cm/8 inches. Cover either with a lid or tinfoil and bake at 180C/375F for 30 minutes.

While the pudding is baking, make the sauce.

1 cup cream
100g butter
1/2 cup sugar
60 ml hot water
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

Warm together the ingredients until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.

Take the pudding out of the oven and prick holes in it. Pour the sauce over the pudding and put back in the oven for 15 minutes or until the pudding is nice and brown.


You can serve this with custard or ice cream, but I find it rich and sweeeeet enough as is.


  1. I hope you start feeling better soon! That gorgeous pudding is likely to help ... I might have to make some of that myself!

    (Quick question, though ... do you put the lid back on after you add the sauce?)

  2. Ola your daughter is a beauty. Your recipe looks scrumptious- thank you for sharing, I am excited to try this.

    Happy Monday- feel better soon!

  3. Oh, this looks absolutely delicious! I'll need to try it when I eat sweets again. I'm so sorry you aren't feeling well. Funny how illness reminds us of life's preciousness ... something about the vulnerability of illness, I think.
    Much love and healing energy to you.


  4. @ Nicole, you put the lid back on, enjoy it!

    @Juliana, yes, illness does do that, I think it breaks us open. I think it's a taste of what it's like when we age and our bodies no longer support us like they do when we are younger.

  5. a beautiful girl and i have a toddler who would be more than happy to eat jam just like that! a beautiful blog you have Ola

  6. Ola I hope that you are feeling better. It is good that you are getting time to rest and heal your body. Little ones often get so tired and when holidays arrive they need to relax as much as we need to. We have tried to have a balance of going out and staying home during our holidays I enjoy being home together. Enjoy your special moments together. xo

  7. Wow just visitin ur blog after a long time now. just started my own and getting all into it now :) Yours is done REALLY WELL! It's beautiful and definitely has all the "olga"ness about it lol. Lovely words also. Beautiful :)

  8. were still wrapped in our winter take your time coming out of your cocoon. xo.

  9. hope you're feeling better :)
    your pudding is making me hungry!
    nothing beats the moments we spend with our kids, huh? truly pricelss. have fun with your little ones!
    Supergoddess Me

  10. Being sick is no fun, especially with kids to look after, but I'm glad you're finding the silver lining in it. I hope you're better soon.

  11. Ola,
    The Malva pudding sounds lovely, and I am content that you are in tune with where you are, even though you are sick. It seems like your children are giving you strength and what wonderful way to be in connection, than to make Malva pudding together and just be in each others company. Appreciate you stopping by. :)


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