MAAS-ter Class 1 – Heritage Day Treat

AMASI and MAIZE MEAL LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE

Heritge Day in South Africa is celebrated on the 24th of September each year, with a public holiday that brings everyone together to celebrate our wonderful rainbow nation!

Food usually forms a part of this celebration with everyone drawn towards cooking over an open fire or coals, which we call a Braai, we would like to suggest a lovely recipe for something sweet to be enjoyed with tea or coffee during the day……or even after your braai as a little sweetness. We acknowledge our heritage through two great local ingredients Amasi and Maize Meal (corn meal or polenta in other parts of the world)

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 AMASI and MAIZE MEAL LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE

Serves 8

Ingredients: Cake

1cup (250ml)  maize meal (fine grind)

1 cup (250ml) Amasi / maas

1 Tbs (15ml) grated lemon rind

200g softened butter or baking margerine

1 cup (250ml) sugar

3 eggs lightly beaten

1 cup (250ml) self-raising flour

Optional: ½ cup (125ml) blueberries

Ingredients: Icing

1 cup (250ml) icing sugar

1/4 cup (62.5ml) lemon or lime juice

Method for cake loaf:

Combine the maize meal, amasi, and lemon rind in a bowl.

Cover and refrigerate for 2hrs or overnight.

Lightly grease 23cm x 14 cm loaf tin. Line the base with baking paper

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade.

Add the softened butter/margerine and sugar to the maize meal, beat with a hand beater to combine.

Stir in the eggs and the sifted flour.

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* If you are adding the optional blueberries – stir through lightly now

Spread the mixture into the tin and bake for 50 minutes

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Turn out of the tin and allow to cool

Method for Icing:

LEMON DRIZZLE ICING

Sift the icing sugar and stir in the lemon/lime juice.

If a little too thick add a little more lemon juice.

Turn out the cake onto a plate spoon or drizzle over the icing

Serve and enjoy

NOTE: If Amasi is not available then it can be substituted with yogurt or buttermilk and the maize meal can be replaced with polenta or corn meal.

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