Hug Your Heart 2018

Healthy and delicious picnic snack ideas for 2018

Mini mealie breads

Recipe adapted from Cooking from the heart 1

Makes 5-6 mini loaves or 1 large loaf

This is one of those popular South African recipes and is great for a side dish at a braai or as part of a picnic basket.


1 cup (250 ml) coarse mealie meal

2 tsp (10 ml) baking powder

1 cup (250 ml) cake flour

½ tsp (2,5 ml) cayenne pepper or paprika or to taste

½ tsp (2,5 ml) salt

1 cup (250 ml) maas or buttermilk

3 eggs, beaten

¼ cup (60 ml) sunflower oil

1 x 410 g tin cream style sweetcorn


  1. Preheat oven to 180 °C and lightly grease and line the base of 5-6 mini bread tins (each with about 240 ml capacity) or see tips.
  2. Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
  3. Combine the maas or buttermilk, eggs, oil and sweetcorn. Mix into the dry ingredients until well blended.
  4. Spoon into the bread tins. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool in the pan for a few minutes. Turn out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool.
  6. Pack breads in a picnic basket with coleslaw, mini meat balls or lentil patties and green veggies.


  1. Use a variety of different shaped or sized tins or ramekins to make interesting shaped breads. A muffin pan also works well. Alternatively bake a big bread in a 1,5 litre bread tin. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean.
  2. Stir ¼ cup grated cheese into the batter or sprinkle half on top.
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