Citizen Reporter
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19 Sep 2021
12:00 pm

Heritage day prep: Pap tart recipe

Citizen Reporter

This pap tart recipe can be enjoyed with a side serving of your favourite meat, fresh side salad, or your favourite roasted vegetables.

South African Pap Tart. Picture: Pinterest

In the spirit of Heritage Day approaching, it would perfect to get a head start and create this delicious, filling and proudly South African Pap tart dish.

This tart can be enjoyed with a side serving of your favourite meat, side salad or roasted vegetables.

For a wholesome and super filling Sunday meal, you can have the Pap tart with all three sides.

Pap tart

Pap tart
South African Pap Tart. Picture: Pinterest


  • 5 and a half cups of water
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of Maize Meal
  • 10g of margarine
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon of parsley, chopped
  • 500 ml of cheddar cheese/mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 jar of Base Eats Gourmet Atchar (BEGA), or any atchar of your choice
  • 15 ml parsley to garnish

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  1. Add water to your Pap pot and salt (option). Let it boil vigorously on a high heat.
  2. Decrease the heat to medium and add Maize Meal to the water and stir/whisk vigorously until lump free.
  3. Pour a little water into the pot, if necessary, and let it boil for 15 minutes with the lid on.
  4. Stir your pap and cook for 20 minutes further on a medium heat, making sure it doesn’t burn at the bottom. (A skin is supposed to form around the side and bottom of the pot.)
  5. Cook until the Pap is soft, but can still hold its shape. Add margarine, garlic & Parsley.
  6. Leave the pot on a cooling rack, with the lid on.
  7. Preheat the oven at 150 degrees and grease a casserole dish with Spray & Cook. Work with a steel spoon, spatula, scraper and a cup of cold tap water.
  8. Spoon a thin layer of Pap in the casserole dish and flatten gently. Continuously dip the spoon in water, for the pap not to stick to.
  9. Sprinkle a thin layer of cheese and add a thick layer of the BEGA, then smooth the top.
  10. Add a second layer of Pap and seal your tart by scraping pap all around the dish. Smooth the top with a scraper.
  11. Sprinkle cheese on the Pap and bake until the cheese has melted.
  12. Serve it hot with meat, a salad and or roasted vegetables.

This recipe was found on BASE Eats