African Food

South African Milk Tart: A Creamy Delight

Hello fellow food enthusiasts! Today, let’s delve into a beloved South African dessert, the Milk Tart, known locally as ‘Melktert’. It’s creamy, it’s dreamy, and just perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day, or any day really! ☕

Origin and Cultural Significance

Milk Tart is a traditional South African dessert that holds a special place in the hearts of many. It’s a testament to the country’s culinary diversity, blending Dutch and local influences to create something uniquely South African. This dessert is often a centerpiece at teatime and special occasions.

Health Benefits of South African Milk Tart

While African Milk Tart is a dessert, the milk in it is a good source of calcium and protein. But let’s be honest, it’s more about the joy of indulging in a sweet treat than counting calories!

African Milk Tart

How to Make South African Milk Tart

Ingredients:

For the Sweet Shortcrust Pastry:

For the Filling:

  • 4 cups (950ml) milk
  • 1 tablespoon (0.5 ounces) butter
  • ½ cup (100g) sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons (24g) cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons (24g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tablespoon (14.3g) cinnamon

Instructions:

For the Crust:

  1. Cream the butter and sugar. Beat in the egg and almond extract. Stir in the flour and salt. Knead to form a soft dough and chill for 10 minutes.
  2. Roll out the dough, place it in a pie dish, and bake blind at 350°F for 15 minutes. Let it cool.

For the Filling:

  1. Whisk together eggs, sugar, cornstarch, flour, and vanilla in a bowl.
  2. Heat milk and butter in a saucepan, then gradually add to the egg mixture.
  3. Return the mixture to the saucepan, stirring until thickened. Pour into the crust and let cool. Refrigerate until serving.

Serving:

Sprinkle cinnamon over the top before serving. Slice, serve, and enjoy this creamy slice of South African heritage!

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Wrap Up

Whether you’re a seasoned baker or trying something new, this African Milk Tart recipe is a delightful way to bring a piece of South Africa into your kitchen. Happy baking and even happier eating!

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