Scrumptious steamed bread recipe

Posted by Taylah Strauss on 8 July 2022

Steamed bread is a soft no-bake bread, and is thought to be healthier than other breads given its low glycemic index. This low-effort alternative pairs well with hearty soups, curries and stews. With the colder temperatures setting in, it’s the perfect time to try this scrumptious recipe for steamed mielie bread.

Steamed bread recipe

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This recipe serves up to six people. 

  • 750g raw mielie kernels, cut off their husks
  • 40ml cake flour
  • 10ml baking powder
  • 25ml butter
  • 15ml sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 5ml salt


1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and combine. The texture shouldn’t be overly fine.

2. Well grease the bottom and sides of a rounded baking form with a fitting lid, or a rectangular bread tin. Pour in the mixture, ensuring that you only fill three-quarters of the container. If using a bread tin, place it on a damp tea towel sprinkled with flour. Tie the towel loosely over the bread at the top, allowing space for the dough to rise. If using the baking form, place a lid on top.

3. Insert the form or bread tin inside a pot containing simmering water. The water should only reach three-quarters of the height of the form or tin while it cooks.

4. Steam for two hours. Don’t let the water boil too vigorously as it will spill over the top of the tin.

5. Slice and serve hot with butter.

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