To my delight, this recipe tasted just like Grandma's apple pie. Now I make it often and I am a real convert to mealiepap.
Nelson Mandela Loved Mealiepap
What inspired me to write this recipe down for you was seeing Nelson Mandela's chef on the TV last night. Xoliswa Ndoyiya cooked for the former president for two decades and released her own book of Mandela's favourite recipes.
He wanted a chef who could cook simple traditional African food and she fulfilled those requirements wonderfully from the first. Anyway, I enjoyed watching her make traditional mealiepap, which he enjoyed with a sour milk yogurt topping.
What is mealiepap? Mealiepap is basically white maize porridge, but it was another chef who made it look so inspiring that I was truly tempted to buy some Iwisa white maize and try it for myself. That was the origin of this creation.
Tastes of Africa Cookbook
Maize Porridge? No, Thank You.
If anyone had suggested maize meal porridge to me at one time, I would almost certainly have said no thanks. I enjoy proper sticky Scots porridge, but not smooth wheat or oat porridge mixes, and mealiepap is quite demanding of time to make compared with other Western forms of breakfast porridge.
What made the difference for me was the Justice Kamanga cookbook. I saw his recipe for mealiepap and roast vegetables and it looked so wonderful that I had to give it a go. I bought white maize meal from Amazon and tried his recipe. It was just as tasty as it looked and I thought there was no reason why mealiepap slices couldn't accompany anything, curries, sauces, you name it. I admit I tried quite a few. All these were more inspiring than a spiky bowl of white porridge.
Slightly Sweet, Healthy, and Wheat-Free
I was used to making apple and cinnamon porridge from scratch, so I thought why not try it with maize porridge and cut it into slices? I wasn't sure it would work, but with two apples, a little sweetener, a generous spoonful of cinnamon and some good old-fashioned butter I was ready to roll. It didn't look quite as pure and tidy as the plain mealiepap slices but, boy, did it taste good?
I am on a wheat-free regime so I really missed eating apple pie and cream. To my delight, this recipe tasted just like Grandma's apple pie. Now I often make it and I am a real convert to mealiepap. The carbohydrate content is, I admit, borderline for my regime (20 grams net per six hours) but just about passes provided you don't use sugar. That's why I use stevia. If you are neither overweight nor diabetic I would suggest you try brown sugar. This recipe includes both so you can choose which and you can add more if you have a sweet tooth. I don't. As it is, this fulfills a need for a slightly sweet but healthy snack.
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4 to 6 servings
- 1 cup African white maize
- 2 cups water
- 1 tablespoon salted bar butter
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon stevia
- 1 teaspoon soft butter
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- pinch salt
- Wash, core and chop 2 eating apples, put in microwaveable bowl with stevia or sugar, cinnamon and half the butter.
- Cook in the microwave on full for 2 minutes.
- Put 1 cup of white maize flour and 2 cups of water into a pan along with a pinch of salt (to taste, I use 1 teaspoon of salt myself), the other half of the bar butter and the cooked apple, sugar (or stevia) and cinnamon mix.
- Heat on a medium setting, stirring continuously, until the mixture thickens. Lower the heat and cook for a further 15 minutes, stirring from time to time to prevent burning.
- Grease a dish with the soft butter, put the cooked mixture in and flatten it down with the back of a tablespoon. Hint: It helps to smooth the edges if the spoon is dipped in water from time to time.
- After leaving for 15 minutes or so, turn onto a plate, cut with a cake slice and serve with a cream topping.
A great cookbook from Nelson Mandela's chef, Xoliswa Ndoyiya
© 2020 Lisa Marie Gabriel
Lisa Marie Gabriel (author) from United Kingdom on August 07, 2020:
It was one of those accidental discoveries Mary. The plain mealiepap slices go with just about anything. Adding apple and cinnamon was a better taste than I expected. Worth a try certainly. You need to add plenty of flavours. :)
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on August 07, 2020:
This recipe is interesting. I look forward to having a taste of it.