South African Melktert or “Milk Tart” is a traditional African dessert consisting of pastry crust filled with an sweet custard style filling. Milk Tart is an African twist of the Dutch's egg custard pie.
After the Dutch settlers came to South Africa during the 17th Century,
the Cape Malays (an ethnic group or community in South Africa) adapted
this Dutch recipe and recreated a South African version which was given
the name Melktert. This dish is so popular that it is said that wives'
reputations actually depend on their Melkterts and recipes are passed
down from generation to generation. For a traditional African treat,
give this recipe a try!
1 cup white sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
teaspoons baking powder
1 pinch salt
4 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
2 eggs, beaten
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
1. In a medium mixing
bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter or margarine and 1 cup sugar. Add 1
egg and beat until mixture is smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together 2
cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar
mixture just until ingredients are thoroughly combined. Press mixture
into bottom and sides of two 9-inch pie pans.
2. Bake in preheated oven
for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
3. In a large saucepan,
combine milk, vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, then remove from burner.
4. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, cornstarch, and 1/2 cup sugar. Add beaten eggs to sugar mixture and whisk until smooth. Slowly whisk mixture into milk. Return pan to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 5 minutes. Pour half of mixture into each pastry shell. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Chill before serving.