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South African Condensed Milk Tart

By May 8, 2020January 18th, 2023FinGlobal

South African Condensed Milk Tart

May 8, 2020


Drum roll please! Enter the good old traditional South African Milk Tart, or as we like to call it in SA; Melkter! Every proudly South African family has a Condensed Milk Tart recipe that has been passed down from generation to generation. And it’s all thanks to the Dutch settlers who arrived in Cape Town, centuries ago, in the 1600s. According to some news articles featuring the history of Milk Tart in SA, the origin of the Milk Tart recipe, well the first known one published at least, can be found in the Een Notabel Boexcken van Cokeryen, which is a cook book released by Tomas van der Noot. It is believed that the South African Melktert recipe is based on this very version of the Dutch fridge tart.

When it comes to the prevalence of Milk Tart in South African communities, it can be aptly described as omnipresent. You will find a Milk Tart sitting proudly (well, if you arrive early enough to snatch it up) at just about every event including the local church bazaar, fundraising bake sale, birthday, tea party, and sporting event. It can even be found in the fridges at the local grocery store and on the menu of your favourite coffee shop. In fact, it’s a staple in most private homes too – the perfect dessert to follow literally any meal.


South African Condensed Milk Tart – How do you make one?

Condensed Milk Fridge Tart is more of a dessert than a tart really. It consists of a sweet pastry crust and a creamy filling. Some Milk Tart recipes call for it to be baked while others are no-bake recipes that are just as delicious.  It doesn’t stop there though! Milk Tart is for everyone in SA; the young, the old, and everyone in between! For those who like a bit of tipple and want to add pizazz to their social gatherings, there is even an alcoholic and drinkable version of Milk Tart available in SA… everyone knows Tant Sannie se Melktert which is readily available at most leading liquor stores across the country.

As a proudly South African expat, it’s only fitting that you have a good Condensed Milk Tart recipe up your sleeve. What could be better than a cup of Five Roses and a slice of Milk Tart to remember the good times back home? Even better than that; what could be better than spoiling your new friends and colleagues to that exact traditional South African treat?!

When hunting for the perfect Condensed Milk Fridge Tart recipe to share, we felt it fitting to provide one with a slight twist. So, without much further ado, find SA’s favourite Condensed Milk Lemon Tart recipe to follow!


Condensed Milk Lemon Tart Recipe

Let’s whip up a quick Condensed Milk Lemon Tart to serve 8!


What you need for the base:

  • 1 packet of Tennis Biscuits (crushed finely)
  • 5 tablespoons of caster sugar
  • 85g of unsalted butter (melted)
  • 2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon


What you need for the filling:

  • 250ml of double cream
  • 1 tin of condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon


What to do:

As you can probably already see, there isn’t much work involved in making a delicious Condensed Milk Tart. Below are the instructions that you should follow:

  • First, preheat the oven to 190 degrees Celsius.
  • To make the crust, mix the crushed Tennis Biscuits with the sugar, ground cinnamon, and melted butter. Combine well until all the crumbs are wet through.
  • Push the biscuit crust into a pie tin or tart tin with the sides pressed upwards to create a type of biscuit shell/bowl.
  • Pop the crust, in the tin, into the oven and bake for 7 minutes. It will still feel fairly soft, but allow it to cool. The crust will harden on cooling.
  • In a bowl, whip the double cream until it is stiff and peaky.
  • Pour the contents of the condensed milk tin into the cream.
  • Add the lemon juice and beat vigorously until the mixture thickens.
  • Pour the creamy filling into the biscuit crust and sprinkle the remaining ground cinnamon on top.
  • Place the tart in the fridge overnight to cool and set.

And voila! You have yourself a Condensed Milk Tart with a lemony twist! This is best served with a warm cup of tea, but as a dessert, it can be served with custard too.


Condensed Milk Tart Shooters

For some, preparing a round of “Melktertjies” is a better choice than making an entire tart. Melktertjies are Milk Tart shooters and as you guessed, there’s no crust involved. There’s an added ingredient too – the vodka!  Perhaps you have a braai/barbecue coming up or a birthday celebration and want to add a bit of fun. Here’s how you can make quick and easy Condensed Milk Tart shooters for 8.


What you need:

  • 375ml (half a bottle) of Vodka (the brand of your choice!)
  • 1 tin of condensed milk
  • 375ml of evaporated milk
  • 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon


What to do:

  • First, you need to whip up the condensed milk and evaporated milk together. You can use a whisk for this.
  • Once the condensed milk and evaporated milk are whisked, pour the mixture directly into the half a bottle of vodka, using a funnel.
  • Pop the bottle in the fridge to chill before drinking.
  • When ready to serve, shake the bottle well, pour into shooter glasses and sprinkle the ground cinnamon on top.

If you don’t want the Melktertjies to be too strong, simply reduce the amount of Vodka used in the recipe. Always serve these Milk Tart shooters cold, for the best enjoyment experience.


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