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National Milk Tart Day


On 27 February South Africans celebrate National Milk Tart Day. Milk Tart (melktert) is a classical  South African dish. Traditional Milk Tart is made up of a shortbread crust with a filling of milk and lots of eggs resulting in a lighter texture. Milk Tart can be enjoyed hot or cold. Milk tart (melktert) is thought to have originated in the latter half of the 17th century by Dutch settlers in South Africa.  The Dutch East India Company established Cape Town in 1652 as a way-station for ships travelling from the Netherlands to Indonesia and back.  Their ships would bring cinnamon and other spices to Cape Town (and Europe) from South East Asia.  Local bakers used the imported cinnamon, combined with fresh dairy from farms in the Cape Colony, to create this wonderful custard based tart.

Traditional Cape Malay Milk Tart

Here are a couple of recipe to start you off.

Traditional Cape Malay Milk Tart – this is a time consuming recipe but well worth it at the end. I can remember my mom making trays of melktert for functions and my job was to fill the trays with the base and I had to ensure there were no holes otherwise the melktert would flop and turn upside down! This recipe serves 6

Short Bread Base For Milk Tart
Ingredients:
1 egg
125 g butter
1/4 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup sugar
2 cups self raising flour
1 cup cake flour
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
l level teaspoon baking powder
Method:
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 soft ball of dough. Line a 20 cm by 20 cm oven proof dish with approx half of the pastry.  (You can use the other half to make Herzoggies) The pastry should be as thin as possible with no holes. It is very important that the base contains no holes as it will cause the Milk Tart to bake upside down.

Milk Tart Base

Filling
Ingredients:
1 litre milk
12 eggs
250 ml sugar
5 cardamom pods
2 stick cinnamons
Method:
Boil the milk in a saucepan with the cardamom and stick cinnamon . Allow to cool. Whisk the eggs and sugar until light and fluffy. Strain the cooled milk, using something like a very fine strainer or sieve. Combine the milk and the eggs mixture.Pour the filling into the dish ensuring not to pour all the liquid on one place as it may cause a “hole”. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 C for 40 minutes until set.

Milk Tart Filling

 

Milktart

Milktart

Milktart

Crustless Milk Tart
I made this quick and simple version of milk tart the other day. Although it’s no where as delicious as the traditional milk tart, everyone enjoyed it and it disappeared as quick as it was made. When it came out of the oven it was quite high but it sinks and becomes denser as it cools. The recipe serve 4

Ingredients:
¾ cup self-raising flour
2 cups milk
3 eggs
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
25 g melted butter
Pinch salt
½ teaspoon fine cinnamon
Method:
Put all the ingredients together into a bowl or food processor and beat to a smooth batter. Pour into a buttered pie dish, approximately 23 cm in diameter. Sprinkle the cinnamon over the top. Bake for 40 minutes at 180 C. Serve warm or cold

Selfcrust Milk Tart

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