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Melktert (Milk Tart)

Melktert is traditional Milk Tart. It is a traditional South African tart that is very easy to prepare and very popular. Best home made as per recipe but you can buy Melktert in supermarkets. Preparation takes about 30 minutes, cooking time is 20 minutes. Serve with a dollop of cream!


Pie Crust

  • 1/2 C. margarine
  • 1/2 C. sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 C. flour, sifted
  • salt, sifted


  • 4 C. milk
  • 1 Tbs. margarine
  • 1 C. sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 Tbs. corn starch
  • 3 Tbs. flour
  • 1 Tsp. vanilla extract


  1. Cream the margarine and sugar together and beat in the egg.
  2. Add the flour and salt and knead until a soft dough is formed.
  3. Press the mixture into a greased circular pie dish and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes.
  4. In the meantime, Bring the milk and margarine to the boil.
  5. Cream the sugar, eggs, corn starch, flour and vanilla essence. Add some of the hot milk to the creamed mixture, then pour it back into the pot and heat gently until it thickens. Do not boil.
  6. Pour the filling into the pie crust and cool.
  7. Refrigerate the Milk Tart until required and sprinkle with cinnamon to serve.

6 Responses to “Melktert (Milk Tart)”

  1. nazranah Says:

    your recipe is awesome tried it myself

  2. micaela Says:

    i luv this tart i have knowen it since was a baby

  3. Armand Says:

    loved this . it was easy and nice

  4. Simangele Mkhize Says:

    The 2nd May was a holiday in SA & the weather was a bit chilly. After feeding my family a tasty, oven stew; my daughters & I made the milk tart. It was a hit; everybody just loved it. The crust is tasy & crumbly; the filling is to die for. Will definitely make it again as my daughters & my mother-in-law enjoyed every morsel of it. Thanks for an easy, tasty recipe!

  5. David Says:

    Great recipe, but I reduce the sugar in the custard to half a cup (I don’t have much of a sweet tooth)

  6. Charmane Says:

    This I will try today. looked at some of the other fillings and was not too happy. I would also do as David did and add only half the sugar. tks