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!

This classic South African dessert consisting of a buttery sweet pastry crust, filled with a creamy custard made with milk, cinnamon sticks, flour, sugar and eggs, baked in a round pie tin and dusted with lots of cinnamon. So yum!


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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 Tsp Baking Powder
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1Litre Full Cream Milk
  • 2 Cinnamon Sticks
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 4 Eggs (Separated)
  • ⅓ Cup Cake Flour
  • ⅓ Cup Cornflour
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 60Gr Butter
  • Fine Cinnamon
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.
  2. Blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor or with an electric beater until it all clumps together to form a dough. Press into a lightly greased 24 cm tart dish. (This dough does not need to be rolled out). Chill in the fridge while preparing the filling.
  1. Heat the milk together with the cinnamon sticks in a medium pot(do not boil).
  2. In a mixing bowl whisk together the egg yolks,sugar, flours and salt until creamy and light. The mixture will be quite thick.
  3. Once the milk is hot, whisk two ladles full of the milk into the egg mixture to temper the eggs.
  4. Pour the egg mixture back into the saucepan and cook until thickened, whisking continuously. Cook the custard for 2-3 minutes until thick and smooth.
  5. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla.
  6. Whisk the egg whites in a clean glass bowl until soft peaks form and fold into the custard.
  7. Pour into the chilled pastry case and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  8. Bake for +- 30-35 minutes.

You could also try our Coconut Milk Tart recipe.