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Indulge in the creamy and comforting flavors of a traditional South African milk tart. This beloved dessert features a delicate pastry crust filled with a smooth and velvety custard infused with hints of cinnamon and vanilla. It’s a perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of tea or coffee, and it’s sure to impress your family and friends. Follow this easy recipe to recreate this nostalgic favorite.

Milk Tart

This milk tart recipe combines a buttery crust with a luscious custard filling, resulting in a delectable dessert that is both rich and satisfying. The custard is flavored with vanilla extract and ground cinnamon, adding warmth and depth of flavor to every bite. With its smooth texture and delicate sweetness, this milk tart is a true crowd-pleaser that will have everyone coming back for seconds.
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 49 minutes
Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine South African


  • pie dish
  • mixing bowl
  • Rolling Pin
  • whisk
  • saucepan
  • baking weights


  • granulated sugar
  • egg
  • unsalted butter
  • pinch of salt
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon


  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
    In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, butter, sugar, egg, and salt for the crust. Use your fingertips or a pastry cutter to work the ingredients together until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  • Press the crust mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch pie dish. Ensure the crust is evenly distributed and press it firmly into the dish
  • In a saucepan, heat the milk over medium heat until it reaches a gentle simmer. Do not let it boil.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla extract, and ground cinnamon until well combined.
  • Slowly pour the hot milk into the egg mixture, whisking constantly to prevent the eggs from curdling.
  • Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring continuously, until it thickens to a custard-like consistency. This should take about 10-15 minutes.
  • Once the filling has thickened, pour it into the prepared crust, spreading it out evenly.
    Bake the milk tart in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes, or until the filling is set and the crust is golden brown.
  • Remove the tart from the oven and let it cool completely before serving. This will allow the filling to set further.
  • Once cooled, slice the milk tart into wedges and serve at room temperature. Optionally, sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon or powdered sugar on top for garnish.



For the best results, allow the milk tart to cool completely before serving. This will help the custard set and develop its desired consistency.
Feel free to dust the top of the milk tart with a sprinkle of ground cinnamon or powdered sugar for an added touch of elegance.
Leftover milk tart can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Serve chilled or at room temperature.


Serving: 100g
Keyword milk tart
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