Mealie Bread Recipes (Maize/Corn Bread)

In Zimbabwe and indeed South Africa, Corn or Maize is known as “mealies.” For many people they are part of their daily diet where they are ground to make Mielie Meal and then made into dishes like Sadza. There are also a number of Southern African Recipes to make bread from Mealies that are not only delicious but really easy to make. I have gathered together three of below, the first one uses corn off the cob, but the others use tinned corn (sweetcorn):

Traditional Steamed Green Mealie Bread Recipe

To make this bread you need to use a slightly green mealie (at the hard dough stage). You will know if it is right, if you take a kernel and press it and some liquid shoul come out, but most of the starchy kernel should remain between fingers.


  • 750 ml Fresh green mealies, cut off the cob
  • 75 ml flour
  • 25 ml sugar
  • 10 ml baking powder or sachet yeast
  • 5 ml salt
  • 30 ml butter


  • Cut the kernels off cob and then rub the cob with the back of a knife to remove remaining portions of kernels
  • Mash/mince these green mealies
  • Mix together all the ingredients
  • Moisten a cotton cloth and sprinkle with a light coat of flour and then put in a colander
  • Pour mixture into cloth and bind tightly, but allow space for bread to rise
  • If using yeast, use buttered tins and allow mixture to stand till bubbling and started rising. Cover tightly
  • Steam for 2 – 2.5 hours
  • Serve hot from the pan with butter – and a dusting of pepper

Easy Mealie Bread (Corn Bread)

This is one of my favourite Zimbabwean / South African recipes and the best bit is that it is soo easy:


  • 2 cups biscuit mix
  • 1 cup creamed corn (Usually found tinned)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 2 ounces butter, melted

Place the biscuit mix, creamed corn, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the egg and milk, and stir just until combined. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Grease a 9″ baking pan. Place the mealie mixture into the pan, and coat with the melted butter. Bake for 20 minutes. Easypeasy!

Cheesy Mealie Bread (Corn Bread)

  • 480 g (4 cups) self-raising flour (or 4 cups plain flour + 4 tsps baking powder)
  • pinch of salt
  • 50 ml (3 tablspoons) sugar
  • 30 ml (2 tablspoons) cooking oil
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 200 ml (3/4 cup) milk
  • 1 x 410g can cream style sweetcorn or fresh baked corn
  • 100 g strong cheese , grated
  • a little grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley


  • Mix the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl
  • Beat together with oil, eggs and milk and add to the flour mixture
  • Add the rest of the ingredients, mix thoroughly and place in well-greased circular pot
  • Sprinkle a little cheese, onion and parsley on the top
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Centigrade for about an hour (this may vary depending on your oven)

Related Reading

Zimbabwean & South African Cook Books

  • Jemma

    Thanks for your recipes I was looking for a recipe for rusks and found your site. :)

    Still have some family living in Zim as well as several xZim family and friends.

    We r xSA living in Scotland.

  • Lydia

    I love your recipe tried to make maize cakes the other day but they didnt cum out wel.will try this recipe.l have a zimbabwean cookbook coming up late this wil love it.