Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 20 mins

This is a very popular South african Teatime treat/Dessert a plus in its favour is it can be made in advance.The traditional version is made with a Puff Pastry base but I find a short crust type base makes it much easier to cut and handle.The filling can also be put into Custard cups and served as a milk pudding.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Cream the margarine and sugar together and beat in the egg.
  2. Add the flour and salt and knead until a soft dough is formed.
  3. Press the mixture into a greased circular pie dish and bake at 350°F/180°C for 15 minutes.
  4. Bring the milk and margarine to the boil.
  5. Cream the sugar, eggs, maizena, flour and vanilla essence.
  6. Add some of the hot milk to the creamed mixture, then pour it back into the pot and heat gently until it thickens.
  8. Pour the filling into the pie crust and cool.
  9. Refrigerate until required and sprinkle with cinnamon to serve.


Most Helpful

As a Saffer living in London and my daughter's birthday tomorrow, melktert was the only option for a traditional treat. What a great recipe this is. Maklik....

fionaeiber March 01, 2009

i am a South African expat living in the USA. feeling homesick and desperately craving melktert, i found this recipe. it turned out perfectly - it doesn't get better than this!

<3'stobake December 10, 2008

What a lovely easy way to use up milk. The crust was super easy and the filling went together like a charm. My husband can't tolerate wheat flour, so I made the whole on fine Spelt flour (including the cornflour portion) and it set beautifully. Served it with nutmeg on top.

JAD40 April 01, 2008

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