South African Milk Tart

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Today I decided to make a classic dessert from South Africa. I have not yet been to Africa, but it is definitely on my bucket list!

I found this recipe hoping it would be a traditional South African dessert which had traveled all the way  through African history, but it turns out this interesting custard comes from Dutch Medieval Cooking. When the Dutch traveled to Africa during the 17th and 18th centuries, they shared this recipe with the Africans. The South Africans added spices and created their own version of this custard-like dessert.

September 24th is a day dedicated to celebrating the South African people, so while I made this recipe in February, I will definitely be trying it again in September!

I have always dreamed of traveling to Africa because I love elephants, but mostly because I love African people. I went on a missions trip a few years ago to Papua New Guinea, I loved the culture and the people. I imagine that Africa will be the same way. I am a born-again Christian and I see the need across the world for people to hear the gospel and I would love to travel to Africa one day and share the good news that Christ died and rose again for their sins!

South African Milk Tart Recipe:

Crust Pastry:

  • 6oz butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure almond extract


  • 1 quart milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Now to be honest, I used a pre-made crust because I did not have time to make the crust, but I have provided the recipe for the crust if you want to try it out. (


  • In a heat proof bowl, whisk together the sugar, eggs, cornstarch, flour, and vanilla
  • Then in a saucepan, heat the milk and butter. Do not bring to a boil.
  • Mix 1/4 of the milk and butter mixture with the egg mixture and whisk until combined. Then pour this back into the rest of the milk mixture. On medium heat, whisk constantly until mixture becomes thick.
  • Pour into the baked pie crust and let cool completely. Refrigerate and sprinkle with cinnamon before serving. Enjoy!

How To Video:

This video may use a different recipe, but it explains how to make the tart using the microwave, which is even better for those of us with little time! Hope this helps!

Enjoy your South African Milk Tart!

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