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If you’re for sweetcorn as much as we are, then you’re bound to have chowed down on a big tray of mielietert in the past! Mietert is a firm favourite in the South African home. It adorns the “sides” table at the weekend braai, features on the Christmas festive spread list, and even plays a starring role at the average Saffa family dinner night.

What’s so special about mielietert?

If you’ve never had mielietert before, by now, you’re wondering, “what gives!?” What on this sweet earth is so special about mielietert? Well, for starters, it’s a quick and easy dish to whip up. This isn’t mieliebrood, mind you – that’s an entirely different recipe for another day (just kidding – there’s a recipe for mieliebrood down below too)! Mielietert is made from just five ingredients, which is hard to believe because when you pop a spoonful of it in your mouth and it melts into your soul (at least that’s how it feels) and you find yourself going, “hmm, hmm, hmm!” you would never say that just five things were used to create it.

Such perfection is easier to achieve than you think. You just need some sweetcorn (which you can get at your local Spar, Checkers, or Co-Op if you’re abroad), self-raising flour, butter, eggs, and the not-so-secret creamy ingredient: cheese!

One of the great things about this traditional South African dish is that even though it’s sweet, it goes perfectly with all types of meat, salads, and of course, the braai-time favourite; garlic bread! We’re sure to have your tummy rumbling at the thought of these treats, so let’s jump straight into a quick and easy recipe so that you can make your very own mielietert at home.

Mielietert resep – the best mielietert recipe ever!

Without much further ado, let’s jump right into the goodies list. This recipe will serve six hungry people.

What to get:

  • 1 tin of cream style sweetcorn
  • 1 and ¼ cup of grated cheese (cheddar is best or plant-based cheese)
  • ¼ cup of butter (melted) (use vegan marge for an alternative)
  • 2 large eggs (6 tablespoons of aquafaba if you’re vegan)
  • 2/3 cup of self-raising flour

What to do:

  • Get the oven nice and toasty to 180 degrees Celsius
  • While it heats up, grease a medium baking dish (you can use Spray and Cook if you like)
  • Open the sweetcorn and pour the contents into the baking dish.
  • Now, whisk the melted butter and eggs together and then pour it into the baking dish – mix everything up together.
  • Sieve the self-raising flour into the baking pan and then add half the grated cheese.
  • Using a spoon, mix it all up until everything is well combined. Really scrutinise the mixture to ensure all the dry flour is well mixed in.
  • Now, using a wooden spoon, smooth the top of the mixture and make it nice and even. 
  • Scatter the remaining grated cheese on top of the mixture.
  • Pop the baking pan into the oven and bake for up to 50 minutes until it becomes stiff.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and let it to cool for a few minutes before topping it with herbs.

And as an added bonus for those who are after a mieliebrood recipe, we’d like to share our very own air fryer cornbread recipe with you! And no, it’s not too much having both of these treats on the same table!

Quick ‘n easy cream corn cornbread recipe (done in the airfryer)

Cornbread is a fantastic accompaniment to braai sides and meat, over-easy eggs, and even a fry-up. Let’s be honest; there are few occasions where cornbread wouldn’t be welcome!

What to get:

  • 1 cup of cornmeal (yellow)
  • ¾ of all-purpose flour
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon of baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon of white sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 2 eggs (beaten) (you can use 6 tablespoons of aquafaba for a vegan version)
  • 6 tablespoons of melted butter (use vegan marge if you’re vegan)
  • Spray and Cook
  • 1 and ½ cups of buttermilk (for a vegan alternative, add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice to any plant-based milk)

What to do:

  • Pop the air fryer on ahead of time, just to make sure it’s hot enough (180 degrees Celsius).
  • Mix the cornmeal, sugar, flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, get to work whisking the eggs, butter, and buttermilk.
  • Now it’s time to mix everything together – stir until well combined. You should be left with a batter.
  • Choose a baking pan (at least 20cm) and grease it with cooking spray. If you have a small air fryer, you will need a smaller pan. Foil pie containers work just as well.
  • Scoop all of the cornbread batter into the baking pan and then place the pan into your air fryer.
  • Leave the cornbread in the air fryer until the top starts to turn golden brown. It’s ready when you push a toothpick into it, and it comes out dry. The cooking process usually takes around twenty-five minutes.

And there you have it! Now you know how to make mielietert and mieliebrood, and there’s no better time to try out both recipes than right now!

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