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Milk Tart (Melktert)

Blossom Lady
Jun 07, 2024 01:49 PM
Milk Tart (Melktert)

Milk tart (melktert) is a traditional South African dessert combining a simple pastry crust with a creamy filling, dusted with cinnamon. It's a little like a custard tart but lighter. It's easy to make, comforting and great for entertaining being made ahead.

There is something about a pie or tart of some kind that feels kind of special. Maybe it's the presence it has on the table. The way it makes you wonder how big a slice you will get, or that it feels like there's more effort involved.

From a practical point of view, they are great for entertaining as you can easily divide them into more or less pieces. Plus, many can be made ahead. This South African tart is a perfect example as it can be enjoyed chilled, warm or room temperature, so it's ideal for making ahead. Plus it uses very humble, readily available ingredients.

For pastry crust
  • 1 ¼ cups all purpose flour plain flour, plus a little more as rolling out
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 7 tablespoon butter

For filling
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch corn flour
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour plain flour
  • 2 cups milk whole milk is best
  • 1 tablespoon butter

To finish
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon approximately

Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
40 minutes
Total Time:
290 minutes
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