This ancient, delicious dessert got its name this way: in the time of party-line phones (which still exist in some farming areas) this recipe was apparently passed on from cook to cook by phone, and didn't have a proper name. So it became "Telephone Pudding". The recipe is not in our best-known older cookbooks such as "Cook and Enjoy It" (the cooking bible of many young brides!!), and neither could I find it in my considerable stack of old cookbooks, so it's almost lost now!! I was given the recipe by my husband's aunt, who is now 86. Lovely, sinful winter dessert!! Funny method -- but just try it! (It's getting rather tedious to correct the wrong assumptions: Jan 25, 2009: the review comment is wrong. If you want the lovely Roly Poly pudding recipe, it's either South African Roly-Poly Baked Dessert or Nanny's Nursery Baked Jam Roly Poly Pudding. On Feb 6, 2009: Dear reviewer, maybe it tastes vaguely like Malva Pudding, but here is the genuine Malva pudding: Malva Pudding, South African Baked Dessert).
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- 1 cup sugar or 1 cup superfine sugar or 1 cup caster sugar
- 4 ounces butter
- 2 tablespoons apricot jam, smooth
- 1 large egg, largest size, beaten lightly
- 1 teaspoon baking soda or 5 ml bicarbonate of soda
- 1 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups flour
- 1 teaspoon ginger
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1Heat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg Celsius For convection/fan ovens the heat can be a little lower.
- 2Cream butter and sugar well. (Use castor sugar/superfine sugar to make it easier).
- 3Add the jam and lightly beaten egg to the creamed mixture.
- 4Mix the flour, ginger and salt together.
- 5Mix the baking soda/bicarbonate of soda* into the cup of milk in a roomy bowl.
- 6Whisk the creamed mixture alternately with the dry ingredients into the milk, to form a smooth batter.
- 7To make the syrup, boil the water (using your electric kettle is fastest, then measure into a small pot). Add the sugar, and stir until sugar melts. Add vanilla.
- 8Pour this syrup into an oven dish -- not shallow! Then pour the pudding batter into the boiling syrup.
- 9Bake pudding for about 30 - 45 mins until brown on top and baked through. (Sorry, aunt's recipe is a bit vague on this point).
- 10* Baking soda is better known as bicarbonate of soda in South Africa.
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Nutritional Facts for South African Telephone Pudding
Serving Size: 1 (254 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 847.1
- Calories from Fat 242
- Total Fat 26.9 g
- Saturated Fat 16.4 g
- Cholesterol 122.3 mg
- Sodium 1114.2 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 145.5 g
- Dietary Fiber 1.3 g
- Sugars 103.9 g
- Protein 8.7 g