Botswana: Mapakiwa

Mapakiwa are Botswana tea buns and what’s not to love about a delicious bread to have with tea?

This recipe comes to us via YouTube and Mama Boi, I believe she is from Botswana which is a major bonus! I love learning new recipes from people who are from the country we are learning about. She is so cute and I hope you enjoy watching Mama Boi’s video as much as I did 🙂

To make it easier for you I have transcribed her recipe below- the few changes I made are in *italics. These are so dreamy, light, fluffy and delicious- Enjoy!

Mapakiwa – Botswana Tea Buns


  • 5 ½ cups bread flour *I ran out of bread flour so I did a ratio of 2 c bread flour and 3.5 c of All Purpose flour
  • 5 Tbsps sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 ½ Tbsps instant yeast
  • 3 Tbsps cooking oil
  • 2 cups warm water 


  1. Combine flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in a large bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine.
  2. Pour the cooking oil into the water and then pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients. Mama Boi recommends using a wooden spoon to mix it all together.
  3. Once the flour is moistened and the wet ingredients are fully incorporated switch to your hands and knead the dough in the bowl for 8 minutes.
  4. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead with your hands for a ‘good 8 minutes’ (these buns are light and fluffy and that is achieved with lots and lots of kneading).
  5. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a lightly greased bowl, cover with a towel and let it rise for 25 minutes or until it doubles in size. *It is cold where I live so it took 1 hour and 40 minutes for it to double in size
  6. Turn the dough back out onto a clean surface and knock back by kneading for a few minutes. Portion the dough into 22 balls … or 20 🙂 Watch the video for her technique, it helped me a lot in shaping the balls.
  7. Place the balls in a lightly greased baking pan (11 balls per pan) and cover with a cloth and allow to rise again for 25 minutes. *Mine took about 45 minutes- 1 hour for the second rise
  8. Bake at 350℉ for 25 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Once baked, remove from the oven and brush the tops with melted butter.
  10. Allow to cool some in the tins before removing them but keep the mapakiwa connected till time to eat, enjoy with coffee or tea!

Honey Butter

For me the only thing missing from my mapakiwa was some sweet honey butter. It is the perfect pairing and sooo good with a hot cup of tea!


  • 1 stick of softened butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 honey


  1. In a small bowl stir to combine the honey and softened butter.
  2. Enjoy ❤️

I hope you enjoy this tea time treat from Botswana! I loved it and I will definitely be making it again 🙂

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