Milk Tart Recipe

One thing South Africa certainly has down is some of the best “comfort” desserts. From Milk Tart to koeksisters and Malva Pudding we sure know how to make our tummies very very happy.

If a dessert has a National Day created for it, you know it has to be pretty exceptional. Yesterday, February 27th, was National Milk Tart Day in South Africa. Being a sucker for all things celebratory, of course I had to make one.

I have to admit I haven’t made a milk tart at home for probably close to 5 years, I haven’t needed to as there are so many good ones readily available. My Favorites are from WoolworthsΒ and “Upper Crust” bakery in Fordsburg.

When the craving does strike however, this recipe is pretty full proof. After so many years it still came out perfectly!


For the base:Β 
500g (2 cups) of cake flour

65g butter

2 teaspoon baking powder

125ml sugar

1 egg

Pinch of salt

For the filling:Β 

4 cups of full cream milk

3 eggs

1 cup of Castor Sugar

Two Cinnamon sticks

2.5 tsps cornflour

2.5 tablespoons cake wheat flour

1 tsp vanilla essence

60g butter




1) Cream the butter & sugar until pale, add egg and beat well.
2) Add all the ingredients until it comes together
3) Tip out into a well buttered tart pan and press into the pan to form a base. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius until lightly golden brown.

1) Boil milk together with a few cinnamon sticks.
2) Beat eggs well, add sugar, corn flour, cake flour, salt & add to milk mixture.
3) Mix together and bring to a gentle boil until mixture thickens.
4) Add the butter & vanilla essence to the mixture. Pour onto base & dust with cinnamon powder.
5) Place in the fridge to set

Once it has set grab a cup of tea and enjoy this yummiest piece of heaven on a plate! Everyone always has different variations of Milk Tart, how do you make yours?

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