Mieliepap with butter

Mieliepap with butter

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  • 6
  • Easy
  • 10 minutes
  • 15 minutes

"What's amazing about pap is, as diverse as South Africa is, there's a form of pap in every culture." Herman Lensing

This mieliepap porridge is the best way to start your morning. Herman serves it with butter and milk that has been boiled with a cinnamon stick to make it even more delicious.


  • 140 g maize meal
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • butter, for serving
  • brown sugar, for serving

Cooking Instructions

1. Using a wooden spoon, stir the maize meal, salt and cold water in a medium saucepan until any lumps have dissolved.

2. Add the milk and boiling water and stir until combined. Place over a high heat and stir until the mixture starts to boil and turns creamy. Take care that the porridge doesn’t splatter, it burns! Keep stirring for 5 minutes.

3. Turn off the heat, cover with a lid and steam for 5 minutes. Transfer to serving bowls, dot with butter and sprinkle generously with sugar.

Cook’s note:
If you like milk with your porridge, flavour the milk with a cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil together, leave to cool until lukewarm and remove the cinnamon stick before you serve the porridge.

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Videographer: Romy Wilson
Photographer: Jan Ras
Production: Herman Lensing

Herman Lensing Recipe by: Herman Lensing
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At just 22 years old, Herman landed the role of food editor at SARIE magazine, where he quickly made a name for himself with his innovative recipes and bold flavour combinations. Herman went on to become the editor of SARIE KOS, and has since published several standalone cookbook magazines under his own name.

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