• Makes 2 round loaves. 

    Mealie-meal bread

    Cooking Time: 2 hrs 30 mins


    • 10ml (2 tsp) salt
    • 500ml (2 cups) hot water
    • 500g mealie meal
    • 500g cake flour + extra, to dust
    • 500g bread flour (white or brown)
    • 10g instant yeast
    • 5ml (1 tsp) white sugar
    • 500ml (2 cups) lukewarm water
    • smoked sardines, to serve



    Dissolve the salt in the hot water and pour over the mealie meal. Mix and set aside to cool.


    Sift the flours into a bowl and add the yeast, sugar, cooled mealie meal and warm water. Place in a mixer with a dough hook and blend until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl. Turn onto a lightly dusted board and knead. Place in a bowl, cover with a tea towel and set aside to rise until double in size, 30 minutes – 1 hour. Knead again.


    Preheat the oven to 200°C. Shape the dough into 2 round loaves, place on a floured surface and allow to rise again until double in size, 1 hour.


    Bake the loaves on a flour-dusted baking sheet in the oven, 30 minutes. Reduce the heat to 180°C and continue baking until the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the top and bottom, about 20 minutes. Serve with the smoked sardines.

    Imka Webb

    Imka Webb is a freelance digital marketing expert and the digital editor of Food & Home Entertaining magazine.  www.imkawebb.com