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Mealie Corn Bread

Mealie Bread (South African Corn Bread) - steamed corn pudding that is super-moist with a rich flavorful taste; added with some basil and smoked paprika to level up the flavor in this popular African and Southern bread. Truly indulgent!
Course Bread
Cuisine African
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 5 -6
Calories 303kcal
Author Immaculate Bites


  • 2-3 fresh corn about 2 cups corn
  • 1 cup 130gram all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup 95gramcorn meal
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 tablespoon sugar
  • ¾ teaspoon salt
  • ½ 115 grams cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup 120ml milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons fresh basil chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika optional
  • 4 tablespoon 57grams unsalted butter melted


  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter and flour a 10-inch cake pan and set aside.
  • Remove husk from corn and using a sharp knife, cut the kernels from the cob from top to bottom and gather the kernels with their juices in a large bowl. Use the back of a knife to scrape the residual corn from the cobs. Repeat with the remaining corn.
  • Using a food processor or blender, pulse the corn without water until it is coarsely ground. You do not want to puree the corn.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, smoked paprika and salt.
  • Whisk in, sour cream, milk, and lightly beaten eggs until well combined
  • Then, add corn mixture, melted butter and basil. Pour batter into prepared cake pan. If there is any leftover corn place it on top of the cake batter.
  • Bake for about 40- 45 minutes or until light golden brown and toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.


Calories: 303kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 556mg | Potassium: 380mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 735IU | Vitamin C: 2.5mg | Calcium: 150mg | Iron: 2mg