Traditional South African Milk Tart

Source: thepapercupkitchen.wordpress.com

Ingredients

Pastry:
2 tablespoons butter (Tasmanian Butter Co)
2 tablespoons sugar
1 egg (Mooreville Gardens, Mt Roland Free Range)
¾ cup self raising flour
Pinch of salt (Tasman Sea Salt)

Filling:
2 cups milk (Elgaar Farm)
2 eggs, separated (Mooreville Gardens, Mt Roland Free Range)
½ cup sugar
¼ cup cake flour
¼ cup corn flour
Pinch of salt (Tasman Sea Salt)
2 tablespoons butter (Tasmanian Butter Co)
1 tablespoon vanilla essence
Ground cinnamon for dusting

Method for the pastry crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 ˚C.
  2. Blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor or with an electric beater until it all clumps together to form a dough.
  3. Press into a lightly greased 24 cm tart dish.
  4. Chill in the fridge while preparing the filling.

Method for the filling:

  1. Heat the milk in a medium pot (do not boil).
  2. Beat the yolks and sugar until creamy and light.
  3. Add the flours and salt – the mixture will be quite thick.
  4. Add some warm milk to the egg mixture and then return all of it to the pot.
  5. Bring to the boil and whisk constantly until thickened.
  6. Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla.
  7. Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until soft peaks form and fold into the custard.
  8. Pour into the chilled pastry case and sprinkle with cinnamon.
  9. Bake for about 30 minutes.