creamy milk tart

Creamy milk tart: Nostalgic indulgence. Image: Irene Muller.

Creamy milk tart recipe – Indulge in the taste of a nostalgic delicacy

A slice of creamy milk tart, anyone? Yes please and thank you!

creamy milk tart

Creamy milk tart: Nostalgic indulgence. Image: Irene Muller.

What is more South African than a creamy milk tart recipe? The flavour of this classic dessert baked in a meltingly delicious crust is enough to invite the whole family to the kitchen and the neighbours knocking on the front door.

This is the type of recipe that gets passed down from generation to generation without losing its charm.  

Whip this creamy milk tart recipe together in less than 60 minutes and have it ready as a teatime snack or a guilty midnight bite. If you need to take “a little something to eat” to any gathering, this recipe will not disappoint. This delicacy will be one of the first sweet treats everyone helps themselves with.

The best thing about baking a creamy milk tart recipe is that you probably already have all the ingredients in your pantry. So, no need for an extra trip to the groceries store. The ingredients are also very cost-effective, making this classic treat a suitable option for every family.

Enjoy the tastiness of a South African favourite this winter by baking a creamy milk tart.

Creamy milk tart recipe

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Irene Muller Course: DessertCuisine: South AfricanDifficulty: Medium
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This must be the ultimate baked Milk Tart (Melktert) recipe and you cannot get a more traditional Milk Tart Recipe.


  • Crust
  • 125 g 125 butter

  • ½ cup ½ sugar

  • 1 1 egg

  • 2 cups 2 flour

  • teaspoons baking powder

  • ½ teaspoon ½ salt

  • 2 tablespoons 2 oil

  • 5 ml 5 vanilla essence

  • Filling
  • 1 litre 1 milk

  • 6 6 eggs

  • 4 tablespoons 4 butter

  • 1 cup 1 sugar

  • 105 g 105 maizena

  • 100 g 100 flour

  • ¾ teaspoon ¾ almond essence

  • salt


  • Preheat the oven to 204°C – 230°C.
  • Crust
  • Cream the butter and sugar.
  • Add the oil and then the egg and vanilla essence.
  • Finish off by adding flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Filling
  • Boil the milk and add the butter.
  • Mix the maizena with a little bit of milk to form a thin paste in a separate bowl.
  • Add the flour and maizena mix to the boiled milk mixture.
  • Separate the 6 eggs.
  • Whip the egg yolks with the sugar then add to milk.
  • Whip the egg white, but not too stiff. Then, add to the milk mixture.
  • Add the almond essence.
  • Pour the milk tart filling into the crust and bake for 15 – 17 minutes in the preheated oven.

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