South African Brown Pudding (Bruinpoeding)

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This is one of my favourite puddings. It’s a traditional South African recipe that’s easy to make and doesn’t take too long – about 10 minutes to mix together and then 60-70 minutes in the oven. I usually make it right before dinner and then it’s almost ready by the time we’ve finished eating and cleaning up. I like it plain, but it’s also great with ice cream or cream.

While the pudding is baking, you boil the ingredients for the sauce in a saucepan. Then, when the pudding comes out of the oven, you poke holes in the pudding and pour the warm sauce over it.

South African Brown Pudding (Bruinpoeding)


2 cups white sugar

4 eggs

2 cups all-purpose flour

2 tablespoons apricot jam

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

3 tablespoons vinegar

2 cups milk



1 cup white sugar

1 cup water

2 cups milk

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine

2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Cream the eggs and the sugar together.
  3. Mix in everything except for the milk.
  4. Add the milk last.
  5. Pour into a baking dish.
  6. Bake for 60-70 minutes.
  7. For the sauce, mix all ingredients together into a saucepan.
  8. Bring to a boil.
  9. When you take the pudding out of the oven, poke lots of holes into it with a toothpick.
  10. Pour the warm sauce over the pudding. (Don’t pour it all at once – Give it a chance to soak in.
  11. Serve warm plain or with ice cream or cream.

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September 4, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Dessert.


  1. Jemina replied:

    What kind of milk did you use for this recipe?

    • olivia27 replied:

      Hi Jemina,

      I used skim cow’s milk, but 1% or 2% should work fine, too.

      I don’t know if alternative milks like rice, soy, or almond milk would work – I don’t see why not, though.

      Thanks for your comment! Hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂


  2. replied:

    Hеy very nice blog!

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