South African Recipes

South African recipes stem from a unique blend of multiple cultures, so diverse that you might find it hard to choose between them!

South African Milk Tart

The South African Milk tart, a common dessert in South Africa is made of eggs and milk.

Very much like a western treat known as Custard Pie, the Milk Tart or as it is more correctly named the South African melktert is an outstanding dessert that is a winning combination with tea, and also makes a superb dessert when you dress it up a little for a more special occasion.

South African Milk TartThe origins of this one are thought to be with the Dutch Settlers who brought with them a penchant for desserts and a sweet now and then.

The milk tart is very much a thick, rich custard type of dessert, made with some cream, milk and butter, depending on who you ask for their recipe. The eggs make it creamy and delicious.

My own grandmother took her recipe for custard pie in the United States from a Milk Tart recipe that she was given by an old friend.

The results made the most rich and excellent dessert you could imagine. Again, from Rainbow Nation, comes this excellent dessert recipe for a South African Milk Tart.

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

Method – pastry:
1. Cream butter and sugar, add the egg, before beating well.
2. Add remaining ingredients to make a very stiff dough.
3. Press into one or two round cake tins/pie dishes and bake at 180°C until light brown.

Filling Ingredients:
4 ½ cups milk
2 ½ tbsp corn flour-cornstarch
1 cup sugar
3 eggs
pinch of salt
2 ½ tbsp flour
1 tsp vanilla extract
Tablespoon of butter

How to Make the Filling:
1. Bring milk to boil.
2. Beat eggs well and add sugar, flour, corn flour and salt.
3. Pour boiling milk into the mixture and stir well.
4. Return to stove and stir well until mixture thickens.
5. Add butter and vanilla essence and pour into cooked shell.
If desired sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg when it comes time to serve it.

South African Milk tart is a delectable ending to any type of meal. One of the traditional foods of South Africa, you’ve not lived til you’ve tried a Milk Tart.

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