Good Old South African Milk Tart Recipe

Did you know, today is National Milk Tart Day in South Africa?

Milk Tart, also known as melktert, is a classic South African dessert that originated in the latter half of the 17th century by Dutch settlers in South Africa. Thanks to the aromatic cinnamon brought down from Southeast Asia to Cape Town, and the fresh dairy produced on the local farms, the delicious dessert became one of South Africa’s most loved treats!

In honour of National Milk Tart Day, we have provided a traditional Milk Tart recipe that you can make at home!


  • 1 packet tennis biscuits, crushed
  • 125g margarine, melted (135ml)
  • 1 tin condensed milk
  • 900ml milk
  • 15g margarine (16ml)
  • 60ml cornflour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 60ml milk
  • Ground cinnamon for sprinkling on top


  1. Mix the crushed tennis biscuits and 125g margarine together.
  2. Line the base of a flan dish with the crust mixture.
  3. Place condensed milk, milk and margarine in a large bowl and mix well.
  4. Place the mixture in the microwave on high for 8 to 10 minutes or until the milk starts to boil, stirring once or twice.
  5. Mix cornflour, egg and extra milk into a paste.
  6. Slowly add the hot mixture to the paste, stirring continuously.
  7. Microwave mixture on high for 3 minutes, stirring every minute.
  8. Pour the mixture over the crust base.
  9. Sprinkle cinnamon over the Milk Tart and allow to cool before refrigerating.

Try out this delicious recipe and let us know what you think!

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