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


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


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.


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

ALSO READ:13 Popular African Foods You Cannot Miss In Each Region

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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