Milk Tart Recipe

This milk tart recipe is so quick to make. This recipe will show you step-by-step how to make a milk tart. Even though it sets almost as soon as you pour it into the cookie crust, allow it to cool down for a few hours in the fridge before serving. It is also suitable for milk tart-in-a-cup. If you prefer a baked crust to the cookies, use our shortbread recipe to bake a crust and pour in the mix.

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Traditional South African Milk Tart

Discover the taste of South Africa with our traditional Milk Tart recipe. This creamy, comforting dessert is a South African classic that's perfect for any occasion.
3.92 from 96 votes
Pin Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Crust Preparation 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Tart, Teatime Snacks
Cuisine South African
Servings 12 Slices
Calories 347 kcal


The Crust

  • 225 grams shop-bought biscuits ginger snaps, marie, tennis
  • 200 grams butter

Milk Tart

  • 1 liter milk
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 75 grams butter


The Crust

  • Crush the biscuits into the tart dish.
  • Melt 200g butter.
  • Mix butter with crushed biscuits.
  • Shape crust in the tart dish. (see video)

Milk Tart

  • Mix 100ml milk and flour together and keep aside.
  • Heat 900ml milk in a pot on the stove.
  • Scramble two eggs in a cup.
  • Mix in vanilla and salt with the eggs.
  • Keep aside.
  • Add the sugar and 75g butter to the milk.
  • As the milk mix heats up, add the egg mix while stirring.
  • While whisking continuously, add in the flour mix.
  • Keep whisking until mix thickens.
  • Pour into the crust.
  • After 10 minutes, sprinkle cinnamon over the tart.



This is the easiest Milk Tart recipe. We hope you enjoy making this delicious tart!


Calories: 347kcalCarbohydrates: 39gProtein: 6gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 303mgPotassium: 161mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 591IUCalcium: 108mgIron: 1mg
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