Jan Ellis pudding is basically a baked sponge pudding that’s covered in a creamy syrup. Jan Ellis was the most capped Springbok rugby player (he played flank) when he retired, with thirty-eight caps to his name.
Huisgenoot phoned Jan’s wife Hyla in Bronkhorstspruit to trace the recipe’s origins. She got the recipe from a friend, who got it from her Aunt Vossie of Stellenbosch. They first named the pudding Vossie, but one day someone phoned to ask for Jan’s favourite pudding, for publication. She gave the recipe for Vossie, but when it appeared it was called Jan Ellis’s pudding. Now everyone knows it by this name!
Here’s the link to the recipe: