EASY CHEESY PEPPADEW & SPINACH SCONES
2 cups (500g) White Star Quick Instant Maize Meal, plus extra for dusting
¼ tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
125g cold butter
1 cup full cream plain yoghurt, or buttermilk
½ cup Peppadews, drained and sliced
1½cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup baby spinach, chopped
1. Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan assisted) and grease a large tray. Lightly sprinkle White Star Super Maize Meal over the tray.
2. In a mixing bowl, combine the White Star Super Maize Meal, baking powder and salt.
3. Grate the cold butter and rub it into the maize meal using your fingertips until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
4. Make a well in the centre of the dry ingredients and pour in the yoghurt (or buttermilk), grated cheese, chopped Peppadew and spinach. Mix until the mixture comes together, and a soft dough is formed. Don’t overmix.
5. Transfer to a lightly dusted surface and gently pat into a 3cm thick rectangle.
6. Dip a round cutter in the maize meal before cutting out 9 scones. Try not to wiggle or twist the cutter when loosening.
7. Place the scones on the lined tray and bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden.
8. Enjoy while warm with butter and grated cheese and ENJOY!
CRISPY PAP CAKES WITH A CHEESY CENTRE
1½ cups (375g) White Star Super Maize Meal
2 tbsp (28g) butter
2 cloves garlic, crushed
2 tbsp chopped chives, plus extra for the garnish
¼ tsp each salt and pepper
100g cheese, cut into cubes
5 tbsp flour
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1⅓ cup breadcrumbs
Oil, for frying
1. Bring a large pot with 2 cups of water and a pinch of salt to the boil. In a bowl, mix 1½ cups of water with the White Star Super Maize Meal to form a paste. Gradually add the maize meal paste while whisking. Cover the pot with a lid, bring to the boil and cook on medium heat for 10 minutes. *Chef’s Tip: Keep an eye on it to ensure that the pap does not burn.
2. Remove the pot from the heat and add the butter to the maize meal mixture and stir to combine. Add the garlic, chives, salt and pepper and mix one more time, ensuring that everything is combined.
3. Take a 3-tablespoon amount of pap and flatten it slightly in your hands, add a cube of cheese (about 5g) in the middle and shape it so that the pap covers the cheese, resembling a medallion shape.
4. Dip each medallion into the flour, then the egg wash and then the breadcrumbs, ensuring that they are well covered.
5. Fill your oil 3cm up in the pot and bring it to medium heat. Fry the pap cakes in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden and crispy. Allow to drain on paper towel. *Chef’s tip: To test if your oil is at temperature, dip the handle of a wooden spoon into the oil. If bubbles appear, its ready!
6. Garnish the pap cakes with chives, serve alongside a meal and ENJOY!
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