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Cornbread from South Africa (Mieliebrood)

This is something that we would make and serve as a side when we are hosting a BBQ (Braai). Always goes down a treat and not too bad for you either. The bread contains useful amounts of protein and calcium and the corn ups the fibre content. There are so many variants to Cornbread, but I find this recipe very easy and this one always comes out the way I think it should 😉

Serves: 8


250g Sweetcorn Kernels

450g Self Raising Flour

2 teaspoons Salt

65g Cheddar Cheese, grated

425ml Buttermilk

pinch of Cayenne Pepper (optional)


  1. Grease a loaf tin.
  2. Coarsely chop the sweetcorn or briefly whizz it in a food processor.
  3. Sift the flour and salt.
  4. Stir in the sweetcorn and 45g of the cheese and mix well.
  5. Add the buttermilk and mix to form a soft, but sticky dough.
  6. Spoon the dough into the loaf tin and level the surface.
  7. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese and the cayenne pepper, if you want to add a little bite.
  8. Bake for about 1 to 1 ¼ hours or until a knife comes out clean when inserted into the centre of the loaf.
  9. Turn the loaf out on a cooling rack.


–       If you do not have buttermilk, use normal milk and add lemon juice to it and stand for 15-20 minutes. The ratio is normally one tablespoon of lemon juice for each cup of milk.

–       Serve this as a side with a BBQ or something to snack on during the day. Delicious served warm and lovingly spread with butter…..and a little bit more butter on the butter 😉


About The PaperCup Kitchen

Hi there everyone. I am Nelmarie, but please call me Nel. I, like so many people out there enjoy cooking and baking. Food makes me smile and it makes my heart beat faster. The only place where I know I fit just perfectly, is in the kitchen. I have also enrolled in a few cake decorating courses this year and I think I have met my true love....not mentioning my Hubby now :D. It took me 36 years to find out what I want to do with my life and I can now say the answer is rather simple...Bake and then decorating what I've baked. I have started PaperCup in 2011 whilst we were living in Moscow, Russia. Living the life of an Expat can sometimes get very lonely and the blog has not only brought the whole world into my kitchen but I have met so many gorgeous Foodie Friends. I am so happy that I have taken the plunge and started PaperCup. I am not a brilliant writer, I am not a brilliant chef, I am not a brilliant baker BUT I do invite you into my kitchen, take your shoes of, relax, have a bite to eat and let's have a chat. A little more about me: Nelmarie Rennison, married to Christopher for 6 years, together for 12. Two lovely kiddies, Nicholas 3 1/2 and Allegra just over a year. South African, lived in Russia for two years and now loving living in the UK. Diagnosed with MS in 2000 and never felt better :D I am just as grateful for dust blowing in my eyes as I am for Angels sitting on my shoulders. I love my family, my friends, my life and I am grateful for each new morning. Looking forward to get to know you better xx

4 responses »

  1. Oh, this sounds sooooooooooooo good…you can bet I’ll make it…what a great recipe!! Thank you for sharing xoxo Ally

  2. Hi there, I would like to know if I can use this recipe for our Baking Times publication, you will be accredited:-) Please let me know ASAP. Thanks you and have a great day.


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