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28th February 2024

Nothing screams ‘SOUTH AFRICAN DESERT’ quite like a traditional Milk Tart (or melktert). If you’re looking for a relatively easy recipe, one where you can’t go wrong, then look no further. We’ll be making the pastry from scratch and the filling. Don’t be put off by the pastry being made from scratch, it’s actually very simple and worth it, you and your guests will taste the difference, no doubt. Let’s roll up our sleeves and get straight into it!


  • Pastry:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 125g butter
  • pinch of salt


  • Filling:
  • 4 ½ cups milk
  • 2 ½ tbsp cornflour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 ½ tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • a big spoon of butter


  1. Cream butter and sugar well together and add the egg, before beating well.
  2. Add all other ingredients – making a stiff dough.
  3. Press into one or two round cake tins/pie dishes.
  4. Bake blind for 15 minutes at 180°C (use wax paper to cover the pastry and place dry beans/rice over the paper to weight the pastry down). Then remove the paper and beans/rice and bake for an additional 5 minutes until light brown.


  1. Bring milk to a gentle boil.
  2. Beat eggs well and add sugar, flour, cornflour and salt.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Pour boiling milk into the mixture and stir well.
  5. Return to stove and stir for 10-12 minutes on medium heat until the mixture thickens.
  6. Add butter and vanilla essence and mix through, then pour into cooked shell.
  7. Allow to cool in the fridge (you do not need to cook the tart any further)
  8. To decorate, sprinkle with cinnamon.


Also available to purchase, in store only.