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A real South African favourite
You will find milk tart (Melktert in Afrikaans) at every bake sale, fete, market, church fair, home industries and at any afternoon tea party and family gatherings.
It's a well loved dessert and is easy to make and delicious to eat!

Posted by Tara Gypsy Apples from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa • Published See Tara Gypsy Apples's 30 projects »
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  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather all your ingredients to make the base

    62ml sugar
    250ml cake flour
    62ml butter
    1 egg
    5ml baking powder
    2,5ml vanilla essence

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 2
    Step 2

    Get the egg and vanilla essence ready

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 3
    Step 3

    Sift all the dry ingredients together

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 4
    Step 4

    Melt the butter and sugar together
    Take it off the heat
    Add the egg and vanilla - stir quickly to combine so you don't end up with scrambled eggs

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add the sifted dry ingredients

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 6
    Step 6

    You should end up with a soft dough

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 7
    Step 7

    Press the dough into an oven safe pie dish and bake for 10 minutes at 180C

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 8
    Step 8

    Gather the ingredients to make the filling
    (this is enough for 2 tarts)

    1 litre milk
    25ml butter
    250ml sugar
    50ml cake flour
    50ml corn flour
    salt
    4 eggs, seperated
    10ml vanilla essence

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 9
    Step 9

    Mix a small amount of the milk with the flour, corn flour and egg yolks

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 10
    Step 10

    Heat the sugar, milk and butter.
    Slowly add the boiling milk to the egg/flour mixture

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 11
    Step 11

    Return the combined mixtures to the stove and stir continuously until thickened
    Add vanilla essence

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 12
    Step 12

    Stiffly beat the egg whites with a pinch of salt
    Fold into the thickened milk mixture

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pour into the pie crust

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 14
    Step 14

    As an alternative to the traditional pie crust, you can make a biscuit base by combining crushed biscuits with melted butter

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 15
    Step 15

    Sprinkle with cinnamon

  • How to bake a tart. Traditional South African Dessert: Milk Tart !! - Step 16
    Step 16

    Invite your friends over for tea and use the word" LEKKER" a lot (South African for very/good/delicious)
    ie. that melktert was lekker!
    I'm lekker full!

    pronounced: la-ker (roll your 'r')

    Enjoy :)

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