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Mealie Bread.

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Mealie Bread Recipe

Mealie bread is a traditional South African quick bread made from mealie, known in other parts of the world as maize, or corn. Maize was first grown for food in indigenous Mexico, and it is thought that the Portuguese were the first to bring maize from the Americas to Africa.Mealie bread is a quick bread that is leavened with baking powder and made from mealies (corn or sweet corn), flour, eggs, sugar,
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Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Breakfast
Cuisine South African


  • oven


  • plain flour

  • polenta (maize meal, corn meal)

  • sugar
  • eggs
  • baking powder

  • milk
  • salt
  • butter
  • Creamed corn


  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder.
    Mix all the dry ingredients to ensure it's evenly combined and well distributed
  • Carefully add the milk, creamed corn, eggs, and melted butter to the dry ingredients. Mix through until just perfectly combined.
  • Grease and line a loaf pan with parchment or baking paper.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared loaf tin and bake until a toothpick comes out clean from the centre of the loaf.
  • Allow to cool in the tin before placing it on a cooling rack to cool completely.
  • And place on a tray.



This quick and easy mealie bread is a delicious moist cornbread that can be served as a side dish or enjoyed by itself. This cornbread made with creamed corn can be served with butter and honey, but I also enjoy it by itself. This mealie bread is the perfect accompaniment to any braai or barbeque.


Serving: 100g
Keyword Mealie Bread
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Maize is a rich source of vitamins and trace elements; it contains 26 chemical elements. Sweet corn stabilizes blood sugar levels and retains most of its nutrients during preservation. Its complex carbohydrates are digested slowly thus providing long-lasting energy.

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