Creamy no-bake milk tart: Traditionally great for family feasts

There’s one dessert that every South African remembers from Sunday lunch with the family and it’s milk tart or melktert. Usually, ouma made it on a Sunday when the family came over for lunch and we want to keep the tradition going. Usually this tart is baked but there is a creamy no-bake milk tart recipe to make things simpler. You’ll be using all of the classic ingredients to make something special for your family.

Creamy no-bake milk tart tips

Tennis Biscuits are an iconic cookie used for South African pie crusts. It’s buttery flavour and crumbly consistency makes a great base. You can also combine the biscuits with some melted butter too. If you want an upgrade, you can also add some cocoa powder into your crust! When you’re afraid of burning your custard, use a double boiler so that you’re cooking on an indirect heat.

When the family is coming over for Sunday lunch or just a weekend feast, make this deliciously creamy no-bake milk tart and enjoy!

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Creamy no-bake milk tart recipe

5 from 2 votes Recipe by Irene Muller Course: DessertDifficulty: Easy Prep time


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Traditional South African Milk Tart (Melktert) recipe that requires no banking as it is a fridge tart.


  • Milk tart
  • 1 litre full cream milk

    3 tbsp butter

    4 eggs

    1 cup sugar

    3 tbsp corn flour

    3 tbsp flour

    ½ tbsp custard powder

    ¼ tsp salt

    1 tsp vanilla essence

    cinnamon sugar

    1 packet biscuits

  • Milk tart crust (optional)
  • 1 cup butter

    1 tsp cinnamon

    1 packet crushed Tennis Biscuits (dry biscuits with coconut)


  • Crust (skip if you do not want a crust)
  • Melt 1 cup butter and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and mix it with the packet of crushed Tennis biscuits.
  • Press the mixture into a greased pie dish to the bottom and to the sides. Then, refrigerate for a few hours before you make the milk tart mix.
  • Milk tart
  • If you opted for no crust, then prepare your dish for the milk tart by arranging the biscuits at the bottom and on the sides of the dish.
    food, creamy no-bake milk tart: traditionally great for family feasts
  • Beat the eggs and sugar until fluffy and light.
  • Make a mixture in a cup with the cornflour, flour, custard powder, salt and vanilla with a little of the milk so that no lumps form.
  • Pour the milk and the butter in saucepan and bring to a boil. Be careful not to burn the milk.
  • Add the corn flour mixture and lastly the eggs and sugar. 
  • Place back on extremely low heat and constantly mix with a whisk while you let it simmer for at least 10 minutes until thickened and completely cooked. Be careful to not let it burn. If not thick enough, add a tablespoon of cornflour mixed with a little milk.  Keep whisking until the sauce is blended and smooth. Simmer for another three to four minutes, whisking frequently. The mixture should have the consistency of a thick sauce.
  • Pour in the prepared dish. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  
  • When cool, place in refrigerator for 1 hour or longer. 


  • You can replace certain ingredients if necessary. Use almond flour, diabetic biscuits and sweetener instead of flour, Tennis biscuits and sugar.

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