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This is the real old fashioned traditional South African Melktert, quite delicious, and rightly one of our favourite treats. There are many of these recipes on the web, adjusted in various ways, and with many ingredients added which were not available when this recipe was first created. These can make the finished tart something quite different from the original. There are also many recipes available that do not contain cinnamon, which may be a personal preference, but is definitely NOT traditional! It is very important to keep the pastry short, and to pre-bake it, so that the creamy filling does not make it soggy. I use honey in my filling, because it is more nutritious than sugar, and healthier, (and I think the settlers may well have used it, not sugar) but if you hate honey, you could substitute 80 - 100g sugar, to taste.
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- 2First bake the pastry base, and allow it to cool. If the base is filled before it is cool, it will go soggy.
- 3PASTRY BASE.
- 4Mix the butter and sugar vigorously until it is light in colour. It does not have to be smooth, the grainy texture of the sugar helps the crust to be more like biscuit than cake.
- 5Add the egg and beat well.
- 6Add the flour and beat until well blended and smooth.
- 7Press into a spring-form cake tin or loose-bottom tin, making sure that the pastry comes at least 4cms (1 1/2 inches) up the side of the tin.
- 8Bake at 180degC for 25mins. Remove from oven and allow to cool.
- 10Put the milk, cinnamon stick, vanilla pod and butter into a saucepan and scald. (bring almost to the boil before removing from the heat.) Turn off the heat and allow the saucepan to remain on the hot stove plate for the cinnamon and vanilla flavours to steep.
- 11Meanwhile, put the honey (or sugar) and eggs into a bowl and whisk vigorously, adding small amounts of the flours until you have a smooth and well-blended consistency.
- 12Strain the hot milk, and pour onto the sugar and egg mixture while beating until all the ingredients are well blended.
- 13Return to the saucepan, and simmer over a low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon or wire whisk until the mixture is thick and creamy, taking care that it does not stick to the bottom of the saucepan.
- 14Pour the mixture into the prepared and cooled pastry case, (which should still be in the tin), sprinkle lightly with ground cinnamon, and refrigerate until cold and set.
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Nutritional Facts for Traditional Melktert
Serving Size: 1 (157 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 8
- Amount Per Serving
- % Daily Value
- Calories 357.5
- Calories from Fat 149
- Total Fat 16.5 g
- Saturated Fat 9.6 g
- Cholesterol 118.6 mg
- Sodium 146.9 mg
- Total Carbohydrate 45.8 g
- Dietary Fiber 0.5 g
- Sugars 23.6 g
- Protein 7.1 g
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