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South African Vinegar Pudding

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South African Vinegar Pudding.  A recipe for traditional South African Asynpoeding (Vinegar Pudding), which is self-saucing and a delicious baked pudding.  The sweetness of the sugar and apricot jam are being balanced out by a drop or more of vinegar.  This is perfect and a true classic South African dessert loved by many in the Rainbow Nation.

South African Vinegar Pudding

Vinegar Pudding with sauce on the top in a brown dish

The much loved South African recipe for Vinegar Pudding or in Afrikaans: Asynpoeding. A truly delicious saucy baked pudding and drenched in delicious syrup.  This pudding may also be called Malva Pudding, or even Jan Ellis pudding, names after a much-loved rugby player Jan Ellis.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 60 g butter or margarine, softened
  • 125 ml (100 g) sugar
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 15 ml smooth apricot jam
  • 250 ml (140 g) Snowflake Cake Wheat Flour
  • 5 ml Snowflake Baking Powder
  • 1 ml salt
  • 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
  • 250 ml milk
  • 30 ml vinegar
  • Syrup
  • 80 ml (65 g) sugar
  • 80 ml milk
  • 60 ml water
  • 45 ml butter or margarine
  • 5 ml vanilla or caramel essence



Cream butter and sugar together.

Add egg and beat well until light and creamy. Add jam.

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together and add to egg mixture. Mix well.

Mix the bicarbonate of soda with the milk and add to egg mixture. Add vinegar and mix well.

Spoon mixture into a greased, medium ovenproof dish and bake in a preheated oven at 180°C for about 40 minutes.


Combine all the ingredients, except essence, in a small, heavy-based saucepan and bring to a boil.

Simmer for a few minutes.

Remove from heat, add essence, and pour over the warm pudding.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 8414Total Fat 387gSaturated Fat 69gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 296gCholesterol 1625mgSodium 5887mgCarbohydrates 1203gFiber 7gSugar 884gProtein 67g

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17 thoughts on “South African Vinegar Pudding”

  1. My Gandma used to make this dessert for a Friday treat… it is Dellllllllicioooous believe me !¨¨…Just now my tummy grumbles …thanks for the receipe as i had lost hers.

  2. This sounds really interesting! I wonder if the vinegar helps to tenderise the pudding as well as add flavour? I’d love to try it!

    • Candice, thanks, trust me it’s super awesome and delicious, Give it a try and please let me know (rate and review) what you think of it as it’s always great to get feedback.


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