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IOL Lifestyle readers have given us their most precious possessions - their milk tart recipes. And there are also the stories that go with them...


My mother got this recipe more than 30 years ago. She was working at an eye specialist, an elderly lady always brought into the rooms these two delicious milk tarts every time she had an appointment, but would never part with the recipe. She needed an eye operation and promised one of the ladies in the office that if the operation was a success, she would give only her recipe. Well, the operation was successful, the recipe was given but she was not even down the elevators to the ground floor when the recipe hit the photo copier and all the ladies got a copy of the recipe. My mother was one of those ladies and here is the recipe - I will now share with one and all. I have made it many times and it's always a hit!

OU KAAPSE MELK TERT (makes 2 big pie dishes)


1½ cups flour

1tsp Baking powder (heaped)

2 Table spoons soft margarine

1 extra large egg

2 Tablespoons sugar

Beat egg & sugar, add marge. Mix well, add dry ingredients, add a little milk if dry.

Press into pie dish.


250 grams butter

6 eggs - separated

3 Tablespoons Corn Flour

1Litre Milk

3 Tablespoons Flour

1 cup sugar

1 tsp Vanilla essence & 1 tsp Almond Ess- optional

Melt Butter in big heavy based pot.

Have the corn flour and flour measured out also the 6 egg yolks beaten as well as the 6 egg whites, stiffly beaten so you can work quickly)

Add corn flour mixed with a little water to the melted butter.

Stir well. Don't worry too much about lumps - the mixture will get smooth later as you mix.

Add flour - cook till thick and gooey.

Add 6 beaten egg YOLKS. Use a whisk to mix well

When thick - Remove from the stove, add milk, Return to the stove and bring to the boil. Stir/Whisk until thick, like custard.

Remove from the stove, add sugar and essence.

Add stiffly beaten egg WHITES - FOLD into the mixture.

Pour into prepared uncooked bases, don't fill too much, or will overflow.

Bake at 350 / 180 - moderate oven for 25 minutes

While baking, it rises and then “saks” a bit maybe makes a crack, this is normal

Sprinkle with cinnamon



This recipe has been in our family for years. I got it from my sister. It's easy to make... makes two tarts, freezes like a dream and is delicious. Her sister says: “ Believe it or not I got it from domestic science classes at Durbanville High School when I was in Std. 6. It came from the prescribed domestic science book entitled “Kook en geniet” or the english version “Cook and enjoy it”.

Joan says: “Wow.....that goes back quite a bit...... my sister is 60-something.”


2 Tablespoons Flour

700 ml Milk

6 Dessertspoons Sugar

½ Teaspoon Salt

6 Dessertspoons Butter/Marge

Stick Cinnamon

l large egg


Grease 2 x pie-plates

Mix flour & sugar to a cream with a little cold milk

Scald rest of milk with Cinnamon stick.

Pour hot milk over flour mixture stirring all the time.

Return to sove and cook until thick.

Remove from heat

Take out cinnamon. Add butter

Allow mixture to cool a little and add egg.

Pour into pastry-lined pie-plates

Sprinkle before baking with ground cinnamon

Bake 400 F /200 C Degrees 2nd shelf from bottom of oven for 20minutes.


I have had this recipe for so long I am not sure where it came from but from a friend not a book - this amount makes 2.

Milk Tart


¼ lb Butter/Marge I prefer butter makes a nicer pastry.

½ Cup Sugar - I use castor sugar

Pinch Salt

2 t Baking Powder

2 cups flour

1 egg

Cream sugar butter egg together, I do it in my mixer. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Press out in pan. And bake in oven 200º for ± 8 minutes.


4 cups milk

3 eggs

2½ Tablespoons maizena

2½ Tablespoons flour

3 desert spoons butter

¾ Cup castor sugar

Pinch Salt

Put milk on the stove and bring to the boil.

Beat rest of the ingredients together very well.

Just before milk boils add some to rest of ingredients mix well.

When milk boils add rest of mixture and stir well until it thickens (I put my mixer in and beat well gives a smoother filling).

Now pour into baked shells and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Makes 2

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