Melktert (milk tart)

Another recipe from my London flatmate, Liesel, a south african chef.  This is a traditional sweet that is considered to be for children.  Tastes heavenly!  Very similar to a custard tart.



  • 350g flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbspn castor sugar
  • 170g butter
  • 1 egg


  • Sift dry ingredients into a bowl
  • Rub butter into flour till it resembles breadcrumbs
  • Beat the egg with the milk
  • Add vanilla
  • Pour liquid gradually into dry mixture sitrring with a fork to make a soft dough
  • Press into a pie dish
  • Blind bake for 10 minutes at 160°c



  • 1 tablespoon cornflour
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 pints milk


  • Blend flour and cornflour into a thin paste with a little of the milk.
  • Put remaining milk onto boil with the sugar
  • Separate the eggs, beating the egg yolks well an add them to the flour and cornflour mixture, stirring vigorously all the time.
  • Return to the pan and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.
  • Remove from heat and cool a little.
  • Beat egg whites until stiff and fold into mixture.
  • Cook for 20-25 minutes.
  • Pour into pastry case
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon
  • Chill in the fridge till set

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