Milk Tart (serves 8)

A homemade South African melktert is always a winner. Whether you need dessert for your dinner party, a cake for a special occasion or simply just a slice of something sweet with your afternoon cup of tea – this easy melktert recipe will sort you out.

Ingredients – pastry:

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

Method – pastry:
  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 and bake at 180°C until light brown.
Ingredients – filling:

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

Method – filling:
  1. Bring milk to the 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 well until mixture thickens.
  6. Add butter and vanilla essence and pour into cooked shell.
  7. Allow to cool in the fridge (you do not need to cook the tart any further)
  8. To decorate, sprinkle with cinnamon.


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50 Reviews for “Milk Tart”

  1. mary says:

    The best milk tart ever!!

  2. Louise says:

    I know this recipe is sublime, tried and tested!

  3. melanie says:

    this recipe produced the best milk tart i have ever eaten. i am aware of sugar and i halfed the sugar recommended and the tart is still fantastic. better than my mother’s who has been baking milk tarts for more than 30 yrs. thank you

  4. WOW, that was an awesome milk tart. Very easy to make and it tastes great. I am not some great baker but even I could easily make it to a great product!!!!

    I am South African but live in Florida, USA. Nice to have something that tastes like home….. :)

  5. Fionn says:

    WOW! This recipe made me feel like a PRO :)
    My friends and family still cannot believe that I made an awesome milk tart….

  6. Claire says:

    I will attempt to make this for my South African boyfriend! If I buy already made pastry would it be shortcrust?

  7. milika says:

    2 words. . . .YUM YUM!

  8. Faz says:

    Love the recipe. Either I did something wrong, or did what im supposed to do, but turns out you can make 2 milk tarts with this recipe. Oh, and just a tip for the newbies (because this was my 1st attempt at making a milk tart…ever) make the base thin, because it raises and looks like a cake if u make it too thick

  9. Louise says:

    Yes you need to buy shortcrust pastry! :)

  10. Nandipha Swadick says:

    Mhmm I can’t stop to dig in its perfect good I luv it thanks

  11. Evie says:

    I’ve just made this milk tart. I’m so pleased with it, it looks lovely. Thank you so much for this recipe :)

  12. Bronwyn says:

    Just amazing. Everyone says it’s the best they have ever tasted. I use tennis biscuit base instead of pastry. Very yummy :)

  13. David da Costa says:

    Loved the recipe, replace the vanilla essence and place 3 Rooibos teabags into the milk while it warms. It Makes for an amazing unique twist

  14. Heidi says:

    I agree this is the best Milk Tart ever, but mine did not set properly. Did I perhaps not allow the mixture to thicken enough? I had it in the fridge from 3pm until 8pm and it was more like pudding then tart. Any suggestions??

  15. SHEREEN says:

    OMG, I ain’t the best baker but WOW, I made this for the first time and I felt like I have been baking all my life, Thanks for this boost to my confidence, now I am no longer afraid to try anything new….you are the best!!!!!

  16. Trudy says:

    i’m a Pom and I have just totally impressed my SA partner and his kids with my first attempt at this. It was awesome and so easy – thanks!!

  17. Ollie says:

    this is the best milk tart recipe!! recommend to all, lasted us only 1 afternoon… :)
    it’s true, makes 2

  18. antoinette says:

    I have made some good milktarts before but will try this tonight! You can also buy puff pastry instead of short crust. Just make sure to prick the bottom of the tin when baking your pastry case, this will prevent it from rising too much.

  19. Christine says:

    Hi guys, is this a no bake milk tart. i.e. Do you only bake the tart crust, then pour in the filling and let filling set in the fridge?
    I just made a milk tart via another recipe in a book, and it came out more souffle like, nothing much resembling a milk tart. Will try this recipe in future!

  20. Tamara says:

    Just seen this recipe and looks great and just been to buy all the ingredients…i have never baked before..have a quick question…probably a very silly question, but,
    all the milktarts ive had (bought from the local SA shop) are cold…so once ive baked this, and ive left it to cool, can it just go into the fridge and be eaten whenever??

  21. Aliyah says:

    this sounds easy and very nice, can i use a crumb biscuit base as i want to make individual cups?

  22. Sa-eeda says:

    So this is a refrigerated milk tart?
    And can I substitute the corn flour with custard powder or will it be too thick?

  23. charlene says:

    i,ve made it and its a winner not bad for a first timer

  24. Safiyya says:

    absolutely LOVE this recipe, its perfect, and an amazing reminder of home, when living abroad.

  25. Tracey says:

    Do you cook it ?? What temp and how long ????

  26. Louise says:

    You do not cook this milk tart. You only cook the shell and then that’s it. The filling just needs to be chilled – so place the tart in the fridge.

  27. Louise says:

    I wouldn’t substitute the cornflour with custard powder although having said that I’ve never tried it. I think you’ll lose the great taste of a milk tart though.

  28. Louise says:

    Yes, keep it in the fridge as it should be eaten cold! :)

  29. Louise says:

    I’ve never tried that but Im sure you could…sounds like it would work…

  30. Michelle says:

    Im a S.A. living in U.K. ive never been brave enough to try making milktart in the past but saw this recipe and Ive given it a go. Well all I can say is, its so easy, works like a dream and tastes fantastic!!Try it, you’ll love it.

  31. Michelle says:

    Im a S.A. living with my family in U.K, ive never been brave enough to try milktart in the past but tried this recipe today, and its brillian, easy and tastes great!!go on try it you wont regret it.

  32. car says:

    this is a a great recipe i love melk tart and i am not the best cook when i did this it was hard at first but the end results was so good and yummy.
    when i made it the first time the base went all funny it was to thick but if you only layer the tin a small bit it works.

    yummmy yummmy :) ^_^

  33. Anne Cereda says:

    hello – I left South Africa 36 years ago and haven’t had a slice of melktert since then! I’d like to try your recipe, but could you mention the pie dish size? many thanks.

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  35. vuyokazi says:

    I tried it 2times it was perfectly yummy ,my kids and husband loved it they them both in 1 night cause with this recipe u can make two tarts same time I so love it ,I even tried to bake cake loaf and banan loaf my husband is impressed with my baking skills !!!big ups!!!nexttime I am making chocolate cake,no baking lemon cake,carrot ,those r my favourate thank you so much!

  36. Marianne says:

    What flour do you use for the crust?

  37. sarah says:

    I made this recipe it was pretty easy to make the filling but the pastry is a little hard to get right! So I suggest buying a ready made one, I made this for my family and my south African boyfriend! Hopefully they like it :-)

  38. Louise says:

    @Marianne – you can use noraml cake flour for the crust

  39. TanyaL says:

    How much is a cup???

  40. Louise says:

    HI Tanya, one cup is 250ml

  41. poly says:

    seems very tasty , i’ll definitely try

  42. judz says:

    Hi why does my fiiling comes out so thick?help

  43. kerren says:

    I made this milktart and it did not set at all even tho it was in the fridge for 9 hours what am I doing wrong ???????????????????????????helppp

  44. kathy says:

    Hi This recipe sounds great! Plan to make it soon but was wondering about the amount of sugar? One cup sounds a lot! Thanks Kathy

  45. Loice says:

    i printed this recipe a long time ago but somehow i never tried it coz l thought it was too easy. This holiday though l decided to try it and oh my God it was heaven in my mouth. it was so very delightful to the pallete and i must say even my husband who is not keen on desserts tried this milk tart, cleaned his plate and asked for more. Thanks a lot. l loved this recipe. lts a must try for those who have never tried this.

  46. Yusra says:

    My milk tart is still a but runny and dint set properly what did i do wrong i see im not the only one who had this prob

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  48. Louise says:

    Hi Yusra – Did you let the mixture cook long enough, this is where all the thickening happens..

  49. khanya siganga says:

    i will most definitely try this one!! Love baking. It’ll be my first time thou… Thnxxx sounds awesome

  50. Minnie Beharie says:

    Hi just want to know must the filling cool down before adding to the shell or straight out the stove. Please advise.

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