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Mealie bread

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

Serving size
 Makes 1 loaf
 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) low-fat 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 a 1,5 litre bread tin.
2. Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.
3. Combine the maas, eggs, oil and sweetcorn. Mix into the dry ingredients until well blended.
4. Spoon into the bread tin. Bake for 45-60 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.


1. Grate 2-3 baby marrows and add to the mixture.
2. Stir ¼ cup grated cheese, into the batter or sprinkle half on top.


This recipe is in Cooking from the heart 1. Download PDF recipe book here.

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