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Tasty Tuesday - traditional South African melktert recipe

Melktert, or milktart, is a uniquely South African treat that can be served at morning coffee, afternoon tea or for dessert.

This is a traditional melktert recipe "net soos Ouma dit gemaak het)*"

 To Buy

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 cups milk
  • 3 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar


To Make

  1. Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C (375 degrees F)
  2. Grease a 9 inch deep pie dish with butter or vegetable oil
  3. Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl, until smooth.
  4. Add the egg yolks
  5. Beat until light and fluffy.
  6. Sift in the cake flour, baking powder and salt and blend thoroughly
  7. Mix in the vanilla and milk.
  8. In a separate bowl, whip the egg whites to stiff peaks
  9. Fold into the batter
  10. Pour mixture into the prepared pie dish
  11. Sprinkle cinnamon over the top (some people sprinkle cinnamon & sugar)
  12. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven
  13. Reduce the temperature to 165 deg C  (325 degrees F) and bake for another 25 to 30 minutes, or until the center is set when you gently jiggle the pie
  14. Delicious served hot or cold with strong coffee


 *Just like Granny used to make it                                                        


   (Image: sharon.schneider. Creative Commons License)


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