Friday, June 18, 2010

South African Recipe: Melktert

Melktert or Milk Tart, is a traditional South African dessert. My husband loves this dessert!  He practically ate his weight in melktert when we were in South Africa.

This is my last South African post.  Next week it will be back to normal, with quick and easy recipes.

Melktert aka Milk Tart

3 tablespoons butter, melted
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 cups whole milk
3 egg whites
2 (6 ounce) shortbread pie crusts

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sugar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In large bowl, combine butter and sugar. Mix until smooth. Add egg yolks.  Beat until light and fluffy. Add flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Add vanilla and milk, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Mix well. Batter will be thin. In small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form.  Fold into batter. Pour into two prepared pie shells. Sprinkle topping over top. Bake for 25 minutes. Reduce heat to 325. Bake 25 to 30 minutes.  The center will be slightly jiggly. Cool. Refrigerate.


  1. My husbands favourite. Yummy, Diane

  2. Milk Tart, but I don't see the addition of milk. Is that missing?

  3. I think, if I'll make this I will just make 1/2 cup of sugar, I'll give it a try! Thanks for posting!

  4. This is a great recipe in light of the World Cup, and looks delicious!

  5. ahh...looks heavenly n amazing....soft n spongy...yum yum

  6. Thanks for all the comments! I am still in Washington DC, but I enjoy reading your comments.

  7. Reminds me of buttermilk pie.

  8. That does look delicious. What a differnt type of dessert. I agree with Bo. I'll have to give it a try.

  9. Looks so light, how did it stay on the plate and not float off? ;)

  10. This look so interesting! I've never had this before but it looks so yummy that i want to try too!

  11. Oh! This is new to me...this milk tart sure looks different. Something that I;d love to try :-)

  12. This is new to me but it looks light and silky and so good.

  13. I think my wife would love this, looks yummy.

  14. Hey i tried it and am carrying leftover in my lunchbox, it's lekker!