Melktert Recipe

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Melktert Recipe

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This melktert recipe is one of South Africa's most traditional sweet pie recipes. Melktert or milk tart, as with this classic Amarula Dom Pedro recipe, is one of the most copied creations in South Africa's culinary history and is famous worldwide. Melktert originated in the Cape of Good Hope and the sweet and cinnamon flavours were introduced by the Cape Malay people.

Melktert is traditionally served with tea or as a dessert. It is quick and easy to prepare and a great way to round a full-course meal off. One can be certain that most families in South Africa will have a unique copy of a melktert recipe in the collection of their favourite recipes. It is unlikely to visit friends or family without being offered a slice of melktert. It is a well-celebrated tradition and many great stories are shared while sitting around and sharing melktert together.

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Recipe Info


Serves: 4


Calories: 486
Carbs: 43g
Fat: 15g
Protein: 44g

Cooking Times

60 min
Preparation Time
1 Hours and 0 Minutes
25 min
Cook Time
0 Hours and 25 Minutes
85 min
Total Time
1 Hours and 25 Minutes




  1. Line 4 pie plates with the shortcrust pastry. Cut a strip off the end of the pastry and decorate the edge of the pie plates
  2. In a heave based saucepan over moderate heat, heat the 1.5 liter milk to boiling point and add the butter and salt
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the custard powder, cornflour and cake flour with the cold milk to form a paste. Add a little of the hot milk mixture to the paste, stirring all the time. Slowly dad the mixture to the rest of the milk, mixing
  4. Add 125 ml of the sugar and bring to the boil again, stirring all the time. When the mixture starts to thicken, turn off the heat and remove it from the stove
  5. Preheat the oven to 200°C
  6. Lightly beat the egg yolks. Beat the egg yolks in a separate bowl until firm. Gradually beat the rest of the sugar into the egg whites, until the sugar is combined
  7. Stir the beaten egg yolks into the hot milk mixture, then stir in the almond essence
  8. Fold the egg whites into the milk and egg mixture
  9. Pour the milk mixture into the prepared pastry cases and bake for 10 minutes, lower the heat of the oven to 180°C and bake for a further 15 minutes. Allow cooling before garnishing with the cinnamon-sugar mixture, then serve and enjoy.

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Hannelie Burger
I am happy to find a melktert recipe that shows me how to make the melktert step by step. Great for beginners. 5.00

Keira Shawl
I remember eating this milk tart during our visit to South Africa. It is delicious. Now I can make it right here in London. 5.00

Elsa Theron
I am married to an American man and we live in Wyoming. I do not miss home, but I miss the food. 😁This melktert recipe has helped me make new friends and introduce a bit of my culture to the American people. They love it. Thanks so much for remembering the good things from our proud history. 🥂❤️ 5.00

Brett Alder
Classic and delicious delicacy. A real treat. Well done. 5.00

Ans Krliel
Very good melktert recipe. 5.00

Nawi Ssor
Perfect! ❤️❤️ 5.00

Tharina Gouws
I have been baking melktert for many years and am impressed with the recipe. I have changed my approach and can admit the melkter does taste better. Thank you. Old dogs can learn new tricks. 5.00

Antjie Smit
Delicious milk tart recipe. Love it. Finally I got my husband to try it and he loves it. 5.00

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