South African Melktert (Milk Tart)


This milk tart recipe is from my South African grandmother, Ouma. Her legendary milk tart is lip-smacking, and the recipe is a real winner. It's a traditional South African tart that is easy to prepare and can be served hot or cold.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
1 9-inch pie


  • cooking spray

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 3 egg yolks

  • 1 cup cake flour

  • 1 teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 4 cups milk

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 egg white

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate with cooking spray.

  2. Mix together sugar and butter in a large bowl until smooth. Add egg yolks and beat until light and fluffy. Sift in cake flour, baking powder, and salt; stir until well-blended. Mix in milk and vanilla until combined.

  3. Whip egg whites with an electric mixer in a separate bowl to stiff peaks. Fold into batter. Pour into the prepared pie plate; sprinkle cinnamon sugar on top.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes, then reduce temperature to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Continue baking until the center is set when pie is gently jiggled, 25 to 30 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

294 Calories
9g Fat
47g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 294
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g 11%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 239mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 47g 17%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 31g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 190mg 15%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 232mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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