Travel to South Africa with this Creamy Milk Tart

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The South African milk tart, locally known as melktert, is a traditional dessert made up of a sweet pastry crust and a creamy filling.

The tart is a regional favourite, often served at cake sales, birthday parties and most public gatherings. Every family can be expected to have its own unique version of the recipe, while bakeries will boast that their secret ingredient makes their recipes the best. While we can’t claim that our recipe is the best- it’s pretty good. So join us on our quest to make this deliciously creamy milk tart!


What you need to know

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation Time: 30 minutes

Makes: 12 portions



The Crust

  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 150g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt


  • 4 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1tsp milk

For Sprinkling

  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon



For the Crust:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  2. Beat the butter and sugar in a bowl.
  3. Add the eggs, flour, baking powder and salt. Mix well.
  4. Mould using your hands until the mixture turns to dough.
  5. Press the dough into a pie dish making sure to cover the sides.

For the Filling:

  1. Place milk and butter in a pan and bring to boil.
  2. Thin cornstarch with 1 tsp of milk.
  3. Add the sugar, eggs, flour and vanilla extract to the pan and mix until the mixture thickens.
  4. Pour into the crust and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
  5. Voilà



Recipe Credits:

Recipe Inspiration, Weekly Inspiration

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1 Comment

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    August 23, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    If you are travelling through South Africa and are staying in Cape Town then you should definitely visit Table Mountain and Robben Island. So many interesting and fun things to do. Welgelgen Boutique Hotel is only a few miles from all that Cape Town has to offer and it is located right in the heart of the CBD where there are many authentically South African eateries and restaurants.

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