Sportsman's Pudding

READY IN: 50mins
Recipe by Zurie

This simple, delicious dessert was originally named after a legendary South African rugby player! It's the kind of pudding which gets passed on from cook to cook over the years. Delicious, saucy and fattening!

Top Review by Charlotte J

Very good, but talk about a heart attack waiting to happen! Paul Dean would be proud of you *2 sticks of butter* !!! This is not a sweet pudding. But what I think keeps you coming back for more is the richness. DD could not stay out of it last night and neither could I!! I used corn syrup instead of sugar and took away a little of the milk. I feel it came out pretty good with the substitution. I made this for *Zaar World Tour 4* 2008 round 3 the *African Dessert Challenge* I'm playing on the team *Tastebud Tickling Travelers* Go team go!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • Batter

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda (5 ml bicarbonate of soda)
  • 12 cup milk (125 ml)
  • 7 ounces self-rising flour (200 g self-raising flour)
  • 3 12 ounces sugar, granulated (100 g white sugar)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam (the finely cooked preserve)
  • 2 tablespoons very soft butter
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • Sauce

  • 1 cup water (250 ml)
  • 1 cup cream (250 ml)
  • 1 cup butter (about 230 g)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Heat oven to 350 deg F/180 deg Celsius.
  2. Using a 2-quart oven dish, spray with nonstick spray.
  3. Stir the soda into the milk.
  4. Mix the rest of the batter ingredients in the order given, add the milk, and mix very well until the batter is smooth.
  5. Ladle the batter into the prepared dish (it might look a bit large but it needs to be) and bake about 30 - 35 minutes, until well risen and nicely brown on top.
  6. While it bakes, mix all the ingredients for the sauce in a pot, and stir until boiling.
  7. When the pudding comes out of the oven, carefully and slowly pour the hot sauce over the pudding. Leave to stand a while so the sauce can be absorbed.
  8. Serve warm or lukewarm, with thin custard or ice cream.

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