Food & Drink, South Africa

Milktart and milktart shooters, South Africa

In my attempts to promote the South African national melktert day (27th Feb), and make it international, I posted a recipe for milktart on my old Crumbs of Rain blog. Now, to secure the international success, my readers will have six months notice to start practicing for the big day. The tart is simple but delicious addition to any coffee table around the world and is one of the most common South African treats – and, naturally, my personal favourite.

You can buy a milktart anywhere in South Africa, but my fondest memories are related to my friend’s Ouma’s (grandmother) melktert enjoyed in Sasolburg, near Johannesburg.

Melktert has as long a heritage in the country as the Dutch colonists. The trading route to India’s spice shelves used to go round the Cape of Good Hope before the Suez canal was opened, and the Dutch started to use the Cape peninsula as their base in the 17th century. As many other delicatessens in South Africa, the melktart was introduced to the fellow citizens by the Cape Malays, who added their flavours in the traditionally Dutch diet. So, by adding a pinch of cinnamon into a mixture of milk, egg, sugar and flour, a delicious and easy tart, the milktart was created.

Apart from the traditional recipe, provided by my other South African friend’s Ouma (where would the world be without all the Oumas?), for melktart, I will provide you another, not so traditional recipe, for melktert shooters. It’s entirely up to you which one to try first.



2 tbs butter

1 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 cup flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup milk

pinch of salt


Preheat the oven to 180 degrees. Grease an ovenproof dish (20 cm Ø).

Add the sugar into the melted butter and mix well. Separate egg yolks. Mix the baking powder and salt into the flour. Add the dry ingredients into the sugar and butter mix little by little with the milk. Whisk the egg white till stiff, and fold into the mixture. Pour the mixture into the ovenproof dish, sprinkle some cinnamon onto the top and bake for c. 30 minutes. Take care not to bake for too long: the texture should be velvety smooth.

18 rating

Melktert shooters aka melktertjies

375 ml vodka

300 condensed milk

< 200 ml milk


Mix. Leave in the fridge till party time.

To be consumed with inappropriate games, such as Cards Against the Humanity.

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