A milk tart is much like an Australian vanilla slice, an egg custard pie that should be set firm but still have a wobble in the center. But for me the vanilla slice can never compete with cinnamon flavoured milk tart. Milk tart is a very traditional South African dessert and every family has its own favourite version of the recipe. But none of the recipes I tried have lived up to my memories until I discovered this one by Shades of Cinnamon. I have to admit that I cheated and bought the pastry cases, but any sweet tart pastry will probably work well. When I have a little more time I will test out the one at Shades of Cinnamon myself and update this post.
Ingredients for milk tart filling:
- 4½ cups milk
- cinnamon stick
- 3 eggs
- 2½ Tablespoons cornflour
- 2½ Tablespoons flour
- 1 cup sugar
- pinch of salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 2 large sweet pastry cases
- Pour milk into a large pot and add the cinnamon stick.
- Bring milk to the boil slowly, make sure you don't burn the base of the pot and taint the taste.
- Remove from heat and remove cinnamon stick.
- While milk is boiling beat the eggs, then add the flour, cornflour, sugar and salt and mix well.
- Once the milk has boiled pour it into the egg mixture and stir well.
- Pour mixture back into the pot and return to a low heat, stirring continuously until the custard thickens. You will know its thick enough when you can feel it pulling against your whisk and
- Add the butter and vanilla and mix well.
- Pour into the pastry cases and chill in the fridge until set. It should be firm but wobble slightly in the center.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon before serving. Milk tart is best served chilled straight from the fridge.
This recipe filled two medium pastry cases and 6 muffin size ones, its a lot of custard!
I thought I had made far to much but it was all gone by the second day!
I am planning to make it again these school holidays, perhaps even teach Miss E, and I hope you get to enjoy some soon too. The blog may be slow the next few weeks as I spend time with my family, but I will be back in a few weeks with some amazing projects that we are busy completing.