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Discover the delightful world of Melktert with our Melktert recipe, a beloved South African dessert that embodies the country's sweet culinary traditions. In this article, we'll guide you through preparing Melktert, a creamy custard tart, while exploring its cultural significance.
Melktert is more than just a dessert it's a reflection of South Africa's rich culinary heritage. This creamy custard tart boasts a delightful blend of flavors and is a cherished treat among locals and visitors alike.
Ingredients You'll Need:
1 pastry crust (store-bought or homemade)
2 cups of milk
3 large eggs
1/2 cup of sugar
2 tablespoons of cornstarch
2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
Ground cinnamon (for garnish)
Start with a pastry crust, either store-bought or homemade. Line a tart or pie dish with the pastry and pre-bake it until it's golden brown.
In a saucepan, combine 2 cups of milk, 1/2 cup of sugar, and a pinch of salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it's hot but not boiling. Remove it from the heat and set it aside.
In a separate bowl, whisk together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour.
In another bowl, beat 3 large eggs.
Gradually add the flour mixture to the beaten eggs, whisking continuously to avoid lumps.
Slowly pour the hot milk mixture into the egg mixture, whisking constantly.
Return the mixture to the saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring continuously, until it thickens into a custard-like consistency. This should take about 5-10 minutes.
Remove the custard from the heat, stir in 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and let it cool slightly.
Pour the custard into the pre-baked pastry crust.
Allow the Melktert to cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate it for at least a few hours or until set.
Before serving, sprinkle ground cinnamon on top for garnish.
Slice and enjoy this creamy South African dessert, savoring its rich flavor and cultural significance.