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Milk Tart

53 min Cook
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  • One of the reasons for its popularity is its simplicity.

Milk tart holds a special place in South African cuisine and culture. It has deep roots in the country’s culinary heritage, with its origins dating back to the Dutch settlers who brought the recipe to South Africa in the 17th century. Over time, it has become an iconic dessert and is often associated with traditional Afrikaans cuisine.

Milk tart is more than just a delicious treat; it represents a sense of nostalgia and comfort for many South Africans. It’s a dessert that often evokes memories of family gatherings, special occasions, and moments spent in the kitchen with loved ones.

One of the reasons for its popularity is its simplicity. The ingredients used in the milk tart are readily available, making it a favorite dessert for home bakers and those looking to prepare something special without too much fuss.

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In addition to being a beloved dessert in South Africa, milk tart has gained recognition and admiration on the international culinary scene. It has become a sought-after treat in various countries, with people around the world embracing its unique flavors and creamy texture.

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I’m excited to share these with you guys!! Especially because it’s no secret that when it comes to breakfast recipes, more times than not, I’m going to share something on the sweeter side. It’s not that I don’t love a savory breakfast recipe, because I do. It’s more that I enjoy sweet breakfast recipes in the morning and savory eggs for lunch or dinner…but that’s just me! Anyway, the point is, I rarely share savory breakfast recipes, so I’m overly excited to share these.

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How cute are these recipes? When I set out to make these, I really wasn’t sure how they would turn out. But I ended up loving the recipe! Sometimes I go into a recipe very unsure about it. But it’s the best when I’m presently surprised by the outcome…just love when that happens! And, these cakes couldn’t be easier to make or more delicious.



Main ingredients


For the Crust

  • 1 & 3/4 cups cake flour
  • 3/4 cup butter ( room temp)
  • 1/2 cup icing sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 1/4 tsp salt

For the Filling

  • 3 cups milk 750ml
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 3 Tbsp corn flour
  • 2 tsp vanilla essence
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling

Instructions: For the crust


  1. In a large bowl beat butter and icing sugar until light.
  2. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well. Then sift in flour and salt. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
  3. Transfer the dough to your work surface. Roll it and cover it with a cling wrap or plastic. Let it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  4. After chilling, roll it on a lightly floured surface. Nicely place it in the tart pan.
  5. Once it’s laid out on the tart pan, use a fork to poke.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven at 170 Degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes.

Instructions: For the filling

  1. In a saucepan add milk and butter. Place on medium heat on the stove.
  2. In a bowl add sugar, eggs, flour, cornflour, and vanilla. Mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the hot milk. Stir until you get a thick consistency.
  4. While still hot pour the mixture in the tart shell. The tart shell should be completely cooled off when you do this.
  5. Let the filling set completely before eating, then sprinkle cinnamon.

Milk tart is a prime example of how food can transcend borders, bringing people together through shared culinary experiences. Its enduring popularity and ability to evoke a sense of heritage and nostalgia have made it an essential part of South African culture.

Whether enjoyed at home, in a local bakery, or at a family gathering, milk tart continues to be a cherished dessert that represents the heart and soul of South African cooking. It’s a testament to the enduring power of food to connect people and create treasured memories.

Simple and easy right? And so so good!


So, the next time you come across a milk tart, whether you’re in South Africa or elsewhere, take a moment to savor its flavors and appreciate the cultural richness it represents.

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Milk Tart

Milk Tart

hebastreats
One of the reasons for its popularity is its simplicity.
prep time
15 min
cooking time
53 min
servings
4
total time
45 min

Equipment

  • Measuring cups

  • Whisk

  • Large Bowl

  • Oven

Ingredients

  • For the crust

  • 1 & 3/4 cups cake flour

  • 3/4 cup butter (room temp)

  • 1/2 cup icing sugar

  • 1 egg

  • 1 tsp vanilla essence

  • 1/4 tsp salt

  • _______________

  • For the Filling

  • 3 cups milk 750ml

  • 1/2 cup white sugar

  • 1 Tbsp butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 Tbsp flour

  • 3 Tbsp corn flour

  • 2 tsp vanilla essence

  • Cinnamon for sprinkling

Instructions

1

For the crust

1. In a large bowl beat butter and icing sugar until light.
2. Add the egg and vanilla. Mix well. Then sift in flour and salt. Mix until all the ingredients are well combined.
3. Transfer the dough to your work surface. Roll it and cover it with a cling wrap or plastic. Let it chill in the fridge for 30 minutes.
4. After chilling, roll it on a lightly floured surface. Nicely place it in the tart pan.
5. Once it’s laid out on the tart pan, use a fork to poke.
6. Bake in a preheated oven at 170 Degrees Celsius for 25-30 minutes.
2

For the filling

1. In a saucepan add milk and butter. Place on a medium heat on the stove.
2. In a bowl add sugar, eggs, flour, corn flour and vanilla. Mix well.
3. Pour the mixture in the hot milk. Stir until you get a thick consistency.
4. While still hot pour the mixture in the tart shell. The tart shell should be completely cooled off when you do this.
5. Let the filling set completely before eating, then sprinkle cinnamon.

Notes

If you are not using self raising flour, add 1 tsp baking powder.
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