African Tea Buns (Mapakiwa)
  • Cooking Time: 20-25
  • Preparation Time: 5-10
  • 500g plain flour
  • packet (35g) instant dry yeast
  • 150g white sugar (more of less depending on how sweet you want them)
  • 1/2 C margarine
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Warm water
  • 2 tbsp cooking oil
  • Dried fruits/ Raisins (optional)
  1. Warm the oven
  2. Sift together the flour, salt, and yeast.
  3. Cut in the butter and rub it in with you fingers until it resembles a fine meal.
  4. Add the sugar and mix well
  5. Throw in the dried fruits/ raisins if using
  6. Make a well in the middle and pour in the water (you can use milk too). Knead to a stiff dough that can form a dough ball
  7. Leave near a warm place to rise, for about 30 minutes
  8. Grease your baking tray with the oil, cut the dough into small balls and place in the baking tray.
  9. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20 -25 minutes, until golden brown.
This buns are an authentic African dish, eaten with tea, they are a very common traditional breakfast, especially in Southern African. The buns are usually baked in a traditional three legged cast iron pot, where hot coals are put underneath the pot and on top of the lid of the pot and baked for some times. The recipe brings warm memories of my childhood in Africa, and I'd just like to share with the rest of the world the happiness it brings me whenever I make it.