National Milk Tart Day
(27 Feb 2017)

National Milk Tart Day on Expresso

National Milk Tart Day
by Zola Nene with images by Gunther Schubert

The milk tart or melk tert, is one of South Africa’s most celebrated sweet dishes. So it seems fitting to have an entire day dedicated to celebrating the wonder that is this pastry phenomenon.

With the enticing aroma of cinnamon, the smooth silkiness of the custard filling and the crisp texture of the pastry, it’s no wonder that a slice of tart is hard to resist.

 It’s the type of dish that fills hearts and tummies and holds a certain amount of nostalgia for South Africans. Everyone (and their aunty) has a recipe that they think is the absolute best! And since we always aim to please, we’re offering you the choice of many styles of milk tart to try…

If you’re in the mood for a tart with crisp, crumbly pastry and a light mouse-like filling then this milk tart is the one for you…

The Zola milk tart

If you prefer a bit of nutty pastry with a dense, viscous filling, then this traditional tart will tick all of your taste bud’s boxes…


If you can’t be bothered with the fuss of baking anything, then these milk tart cups are just the thing for you, made on the stove top with minimal effort…

Zola and Ewan making Milk tart tea cups

And if your sweet tooth still isn’t satisfied after biting into all of those tarts…how about milk tart pancakes…

milktart pancakes

Mari-Louis Guy, Ewan and Callie Maritz
Mari-Louis Guy, Ewan and Callie Maritz. Image by Gunther Schubert

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