malva pudding and motherhood

Today I’m breaking the mold of my usual posts to share some essentials:

A malva pudding recipe …

Malva Pudding 1

.. and news about the upcoming release of this book.

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Because what better way to celebrate the arrival of an amazing book written by an amazing South African, than malva pudding!

I’m eight chapters into Lisa-Jo Baker’s first book, Surprised by Motherhood, and ohmygoodness, if you are a mom, it is a must read.

Lisa-Jo gets it.  All of it.  And she’s not afraid to share ‘Everything I Never Expected About Being a Mom’ ..

It’s all that you find out as a mom and wish the parenting books had warned you about.  It’s hope.  It’s glory in the chaos.

The book comes out on April 1st, but you can pre-order now by clicking here.

Can’t wait to share more about Surprised by Motherhood in the very near future.  But for now, the malva pudding.

This recipe was given to me at my bridal shower ten years ago, and it has been a winner every time:

 

MALVA PUDDING

Serves: 6-8

Ingredients:

1 tsp BAKING SODA

1/2 CUP  (125 ML) MILK

1 1/3 CUPS (200 GM or 375 ML) SELF-RAISING FLOUR

1/2 CUP (100 GM or 125 ML) WHITE SUGAR

2 EGGS

2 HEAPING T. (30 ML) APRICOT JAM

1 T. (20 GM) SOFT MARGARINE

Directions:

MIX TOGETHER BY HAND OR MIXER.  POUR INTO 2 L. (APPROX 8X11 INCH) BAKING DISH, LIGHTLY GREASED.  BAKE 350 DEGEES F. (180 C) FOR 25-30 MINUTES UNTIL DONE WHEN CHECKED WITH TOOTHPICK.

PREPARE SAUCE WHILE CAKE BAKES:

1 CUP (250 ML) WATER

1 CUP (250 ML) CREAM

1 CUP (250 ML) BUTTER

1 CUP (200 GM) WHITE SUGAR

1 Tsp. VANILLA

HEAT TO A BOILING POINT, BUT DO NOT BOIL.  USE MEAT FORK TO POKE HOLES IN BAKED CAKE.  POUR SAUCE OVER HOT CAKE.  YOU MAY HAVE TO POUR A LITTLE, THEN WAIT UNTIL IT SOAKS IN; THEN POUR THE REST.  SERVE WITH WHIPPED CREAM AND/OR ICE CREAM.

ENJOY!

Congratulations, Lisa-Jo .. you and your words are a gift to moms the world over .. May the Lord be glorified through your ministry.

With thanks to Jon Mountjoy for the malva pudding photo

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