Custard Tart

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Custard Tart – Salwaa Smith – Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights

Creamy custard tart baked in a shortbread tart case and topped with ground (fine) cinnamon or alternatively top with grated nutmeg. Delicious eaten warm or cold.

Custard Tart
Custard Tart


Short bread base for milk tart


1 large egg

125g soft butter/margarine

1/4 cup cooking oil

3/4 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

2 cups self-raising flour

1 cup cake flour

l level teaspoon baking powder

Shortbread Tart Base
Shortbread Tart Base


Using a large bowl mix the egg, sugar, softened butter and oil together until light and fluffy. Add vanilla essence, mix. Add the flour and baking powder and mix well to form a dough.

Line a 20cm pie dish with approximately half of the pastry. The pastry should be as thin as possible with no holes. Left over pastry can be frozen or you can use it to make herzoggies. Refrigerate whilst preparing the custard filling.



3 cups of milk (semi-skimmed or full cream)

3 heaped Tbsp custard powder

3 extra large eggs

½ cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

½ tsp ground cinnamon

Extra ½ tsp ground cinnamon to sprinkle over the custard tart when baked.


Dissolve the custard powder in the milk. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs and sugar until the sugar is dissolved. This should take about 5 minutes on high speed with an electric beater. Add the vanilla essence and cinnamon. Gradually add the milk and custard mixture to the egg mixture. Mix well to combine. Pour the liquid into the prepared pie crust. Bake at 180 degrees Celsius for 30 – 40 minutes. Leave to cool, sprinkle the extra ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon over the top. Slice and enjoy. Makes 1 x 20cm round custard tart.

Custard Tart
Custard Tart

© Cape Malay Cooking & Other Delights


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3 thoughts on “Custard Tart

  1. Hi Mrs Smith

    I would like to order your cook book please .



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