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5 Fun and tasty ways to cook your pap (hint: there's cake involved)

The recent drought gave many the opportunities to experiment with pap, if you haven’t tried any of these recipes yet, then we suggest you do!

by: Rentse Khiba | 22 May 2018
sifted maize meal on a board

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Bread and pap have always been essentials in many South African homes, but with the recent drought which shot up maize prices, many consumers were forced to choose bread over pap. This created a demand for more bread but according to Business Insider now that the drought up north is less severe, people are able to afford pap again. Yay!

So how have you been cooking your pap? When we think of pap, we picture an early morning breakfast but what most people don’t know is that there are so many various ways to cook pap and many unique styles to incorporate the maize staple. These recipes will have you cooking your pap differently.

Biltong, mushroom and feta pap tert is probably the most authentic pap recipe we have ever come across. Instead of making a salad or plain pap as a braai side, create this warm, creamy recipe. We are sure it will be a family favourite in your household.

beautiful oven baked biltong mushroom and feta pap

Chef Siba Mtongana always comes through with creativity. Who would’ve thought pap cakes could be this delicious? Enjoy them with meals or as a quick snack.

freshly made pap cakes

Pap with custard might seem like a strange combination, one thing that they both have in common is they’re both creamy, and these pap and custard tarts will make a deliciously warm dessert this Winter.

a bowl of freshly made custard and pap tarts

For a spicy pap snack, make these mieliepap dhaltjies. They are nothing short of amazing and are a great choice for party chow.

freshly fried mielie pap dhaltjies

Yes! pap can be baked into cake. Create this delicious mieliepap cake with a buffalo yoghurt icing and serve for dessert. 

beautifully baked mieliepap cake

Let us know how creative you get with your pap! Comment below or email us!


Makwanda or tincondza (chicken feet) with sour vhuswa (pap)

45 mins 1 Makwanda/tincondza Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium heat and fry the chicken feet for 3 minutes. Add the onion and fry for another 2 minutes. Season with the spices and stir in the red or green chillies. 2 Pour the dissolved stock over and stir.

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