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Agbalumo Steamed Sponge Pudding

Agbalumo Steamed Sponge Pudding

Agbalumo, or African Star Apple is one of my very favourite fruits. It has a sultry, cherry-like, winey flavour. At the start of the season they come out a little tart and pale, but darken and sweeten as the season progresses. Traditionally, they’re eaten on their own as a snack, but it wouldn’t be me if I didn’t figure out how to make something exciting out of it. Paired here with the elegant notes of jasmine tea, the beauty of this fruit really shines. This is a wonderful little dessert to whip up at a dinner party.


2 cups flour

½ cup melted butter

½ cup whole milk

½ cup sugar

4 tbsp agbalumo puree (or use blended, sweetened agbalumo or any other fruit puree)

2 eggs

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp vanilla essence

1 jasmine teabag



  1. Steep the jasmine tea bag in the milk and allow it to infuse for about 5 – 10 minutes after which you can discard the tea bag. 
  2. Now combine all the ingredients, including the tea infused milk in a bowl and whisk until well combined. Be careful not to over mix – stop as soon as you have a uniform batter. 
  3. Spoon into ramekins and steam on the cooker for 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the pudding comes out dry. 


This recipe is from Season 1 Episode 10 of Minjiba Entertains, commissioned by The Africa Channel and showing on RealTime DSTV Channel 155, Emirates in-Flight Entertainment, Amazon Prime, and Demand Africa. 


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