South African Classic – Quick and delicious milk tart

Good ol’ milk tart, the classic South African dessert which consists of a pastry crust, filled with a rich, creamy cinnamon custard dusted with cinnamon.

Off course there have been many shortcuts like swopping the pastry base for a simpler coconut tea biscuit one, or in this case I used phyllo pastry to turn this delicious dessert into bite size treats.

Here is how you can make them

Prep: 20 minutes

Refrigeration: 1 hour, minimum

Phyllo pastry

80g butter, melted

385g tin condensed milk

750ml milk

100ml cornflour

80ml water

2 large eggs

5ml vanilla essence

pinch salt

ground cinnamon, for dusting


1. Prepare the phyllo pastry cups by brushing muffin tins with butter, lay out one sheet of phyllo pastry and brush with butter. Continue doing this until you have 4 layers of pastry stuck together by the butter.

2. Now cut the sheet into squares large enough to protrude 1.5cm past the edge of the muffin cups.

3. Place the pastry into the muffin cups and bake for a few minutes till brown and crispy.

4.Combine condensed milk and milk, and microwave for 3 minutes.

5. Combine the cornflour, vanilla, water, eggs and salt. Gently whisk this mixture into the milk mixture until smooth. Microwave for about 5 -6 minutes, stirring every minute until the custard mixture starts to thicken.

6. Pour into the baked phyllo cups. Keep aside until cool then refridgerate. Dust with cinnamon.

Published by Landi Govender

Hello & Welcome! My name is Landi and I am a recipe developer who loves creating mouth-watering meals. During the week you’ll find me cooking up a storm, but on the weekends my favourite thing to do is spending time with my family. I’m so excited to connect with you and would love to learn something new about YOU!

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