There is nothing like a proper homemade South African milktart (or melktert in Afrikaans, and sometimes spelt as two words – milk tart or melk tert).  Either way, it’s quick and easy for tea or dessert!

And it’s so South African it has its own National Day – 27th February!


Milk Tart
Recipe type: Dessert
Cuisine: South African
Serves: 8
  • 80gr butter - not margarine please!
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup flour,sifted
  • 1 teas baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 1litre milk
  • 60gr butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs (separated)
  • ⅓ cup cake flour
  • ⅓ cup cornflour
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Fine Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  2. Cream the butter and sugar together and beat in the egg.
  3. Add the flour and salt and blitz until it all clumps together to form a dough.
  4. Press the mixture into a greased pie dish and chill in the fridge while preparing the filling.
  1. Bring the milk to the boil.
  2. Cream the sugar, egg yolks, flour, cornflour and vanilla extract.
  3. Add some of the hot milk to the creamed mixture, then pour it back into the pot and heat gently until it thickens. Do not boil.
  4. Add the butter.
  5. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until soft peaks form and fold into the custard.
  6. Pour into the chilled pastry case and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  7. Bake for +- 30-35 minutes

You could also try our Coconut Milk Tart recipe.