We celebrate National Milk Tart Day! Do you remember Mareli Visser on Koekedoor on Kyknet?
She was the first winner of the Koekedoor series and hails from Douglas in the Northern Cape.
We asked her for special tips for Milk Tart Day on 27 February: “Milk tart is part of our heritage and the whole country is mad about our traditional milk tart with its feather-light layers of puff pastry. But let’s be honest, nobody has the stamina for the schlep of making puff pastry, besides it’s too darn hot over here at the moment to be successful.
“I love baking though, and really want to join in the milk tart , so I’ll simply whip up a fast milk tart without a pie crust for Saturday. This is an easy recipe that doesn’t take hours to prepare, so anybody can bake it. But for those who leave it too late there is my special Plan B.”
1 big milk tart
1 litre milk
1 cinnamon stick
3 egg yolks
30 ml (2 T) butter
250 ml (1 c) sugar
5 ml (1 t) baking powder
250 ml (1 c) cake flour
1 ml salt
5 ml (1 t) vanilla essence
Preheat the oven to 180°C
1. Boil the milk and cinnamon stick for 3 minutes in the microwave and allow it to cool off to room temperature.
2. Prepare an ovenproof pie dish of 27 cm by greasing it slightly with butter.
3. Separate the three eggs and whip the egg whites to soft peaks.
4. Melt the butter and mix it with the sugar and six yolks.
5. Add the baking powder, flour, salt, milk and vanilla essence and mix well.
6. Fold the egg whites into the mixture and pour it into the pie dish.
7. Bake for 60 minutes or till it is set.
8. Take out of the oven and leave to cool off.
9. Sprinkle cinnamon sugar over and serve.