Published On: Thu, Jun 29th, 2017

Melk Tart

A Melk Tart or Milk Tart is a South African vanilla custard tart. This recipe from Cooksista is best served with a cup of tea!

Image by Chloe Edwards Photography



  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 125g butter
  • pinch of salt


  • 4 ½ cups milk
  • 2 ½ tbsp cornflour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 ½ tbsp flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • a big spoon of butter


  1. Cream butter and sugar well together and add the egg, before beating well.
  2. Add all other ingredients – making a stiff dough.
  3. Press into one or two round cake tins/pie dishes.
  4. Bake blind for 15 minutes at 180°C (use wax paper to cover the pastry and place dry beans/rice over the paper to weight the pastry down). Then remove the paper and beans/rice and bake for an additional 5 minutes until light brown


  1. Bring milk to a gentle boil.
  2. Beat eggs well and add sugar, flour, cornflour and salt.
  3. Mix well.
  4. Pour boiling milk into the mixture and stir well.
  5. Return to stove and stir for 10-12 minutes on medium heat until the mixture thickens. Keep stiring the mixture so that it doesn’t scramble!
  6. Add butter and vanilla essence and mix through, then pour into cooked shell.
  7. Allow to cool in the fridge (you do not need to cook the tart any further)
  8. Dust over some ground cinnemon to taste


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