Birthdays always call for special desserts, and being as my mum is South African I had to make her Melt Tart, or as we call it ‘Milk Tart’… This scrumptious dessert is actually one of my favourites too – it is light, full of flavour, not overly sweet and just all round delicious! It’s very similar to a custard tart, just not as heavy and sugary. Any fruit would taste divine on top, I just absolutely adore strawberries! I can’t say this little number lasted more than a day in our fridge! It’s easy to make and a dessert the whole family will love.
- 1 sheet of shortcrust pastry, slightly soft
- 1 stick cinnamon
- 500ml milk
- pinch of salt
- 75ml plain flour
- 75ml sugar
- 15ml butter
- 2 eggs, beaten
- sprinkle ground cinnamon
- strawberries to serve
Pre-heat oven to 220 degrees. Grease a round baking dish, then line the pastry around the edges. Make the edges neat and prick the base lightly with a fork.
Heat the milk with the cinnamon stick in a pot and bring to the boil. Then take the pot off the heat and remove the cinnamon.
In a medium bowl mix the salt, flour and sugar. Slowly add a little hot milk to the mixture and mix well. Pour the flour mixture into the remainder of the hot milk and return to the heat. Allow to simmer until the mixture is thick, stirring occasionally.
Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Then allow to cool and stir in the eggs.
Spoon the filling into the pastry lined dish, and sprinkle with cinnamon.
Bake for 10 minutes. Then reduce the heat to 180 degrees and bake for a further 25 minutes – take care not to overcook the tart though.
Serve the Melk Tart cool with strawberries and enjoy!
Happy baking, love Jem x