We've moved from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada to White River, South Africa. One of our South African colleagues had a birthday and I heard her favourite dessert was "Milk Tart". Milk what? It sure didn't sound very appealing to me. I couldn't imagine any tart that involved milk as its main ingredient could be very interesting or tasty. Well I'm happy to report, I was wrong. Very, very wrong!
According to Susannah Brinkley:
A pie of Cape Dutch origin, melktert literally translates to ‘milk tart’. It’s a bit like a custard tart, but with a different consistency. Milk tarts are luscious and creamy, and the best ones are topped with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
I searched for and read over at least a dozen or so recipes before settling on two very similar recipes to use as my first "kick at the can". Though the recipes were similar, one included "baking powder" in the crust. A small amount of baking powder is like magic in crust. The other recipe provided a nicely balanced filling.
Unfortunately I didn't take pictures along the way. Ugh what was I thinking? The good news is I'll be making this heavenly light and creamy treat again soon. When I do I'll add pictures so you can see the beautiful cream inside. The crust which tasted a little like a delicately sweet and soft vanilla cookie married beautifully with the vanilla creamy goodness inside. The top of the pie was lightly dusted with cinnamon. Oh the bliss - YUM!
South African Milk Tart
*Hint if making two pies I would suggest either making a recipe and a half of the filling or doubling it. This will give you a nice thick and creamy pie.
All things cooking, from simple and clean to gourmet and exotic (and everything in between) have been my passion for over 30 years. Since discovering Pinterest, I pretty much exclusively cook from the recipes I PIN. My saying is, "if you can PIN it, you can cook it". I love to PIN recipes and I love to cook. I thought, why not blog the recipes I make from my Pinterest food boards. I'm the self-declared, Pincook.