In South Africa, February 27 is National Milk Tart Day! This traditional dessert, sometimes known as melktert, can be served hot or cold and often consists of a shortbread crust and a supremely light filling made with milk and eggs. Check out the five recipes below—and start adding the ingredients to your next grocery list.
The brown-sugar crust and actual vanilla bean in the filling set this recipe apart.
From Rainbow Cuisine: A Culinary Journey Through South Africa, this recipe suggests adding a split vanilla bean (instead of vanilla extract) for a richer flavor.
Like all the best recipes, this one’s been handed down from a grandmother and looks lovely in its simplicity.
Pick n Pay is a family store with locations in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Swaziland and Lesotho—so you know the authenticity of this tart is off the charts.
This African food site says it best: “Because everyone should be able to enjoy a slice of milk tart!”