For my second Sasko recipe this month I’ve decided on this tea time treat, Banana & Raisin Mpunyane.
Mpunyane is a sorghum bread prominent in the Pedi culture. Some would raise eyebrows at the thought of a sorghum bread as sorghum is an ingredient known for it’s distinct flavour. In some cultures it is known as an ingredient that is just used in making beer.
It comes in different grain sizes and for this recipe one has to use soghurm meal which is also used when preparing ting yamabele. Sorghum is one of those ingredients that tend to be overlooked due to their appearance and taste. However, it is nutritious. Sorghum is rich in iron, magnesium, potassium, calcium and phosphorous. It is also a good source of dietary fibre which promotes healthy digestion and combats diseases of the digestive tract.
Initially, I prepared the recipe with just bananas but I liked the idea of adding some raisins. I have used Sasko Self Raising Flour and also added baking powder to assist the raising agent already in the flour. One can also use cake flour and instant dry yeast as a leavening agent. Serve at tea time with lashings of butter.
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Banana & Raisin Mpunyane (Sorghum Bread)
Makes 2 loaves
500g Sasko Self Raising Flour
375ml (1½ cup) mabele meal
5ml (1tsp) salt
5ml (1tsp) Moirs Baking Powder
1 Nulaid Egg
450ml full cream milk
2 bananas, pureed
80ml Safari Raisins
- Preheat oven to 180۫C.
- Soak raisins in warm water and microwave for 1 minute. Set aside.
- Sift together all the dry ingredients.
- Rub in butter.
- In a bowl or measuring jug, using a fork whisk milk and egg.
- Add to the dry ingredients and knead until a dough is formed.
- Add the pureed bananas to the dough and mix until blended.
- Drain the raisins from the water and toss is a little flour. Add to the dough and mix.
- Transfer the dough into two prepared pans and bake for 1 hour.
- Remove from the oven and let the bread cool down in a wire rack.
- Remove from the pan and continue cooling on the rack.
- Make a thin syrup with orange marmalade and water. Brush over the loaves, top and sides.
- Serve with tea.
- Mabele meal can be soaked in warm water first before using in the recipe but it gives the bread an interesting / different texture.
- Raisins should be tossed in a little bit of flour to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of the pan during baking.
- Water can also be used to replace milk in the recipe.
- Baking margarine can be used to replace butter. There might be a difference in flavour.