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An Easy and Quick No Bake Milk Tart

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An Easy and Quick No-Bake Milk Tart, it’s a super quick and easy way to make a very popular and delectable classic. 

Recipe from Nestlè condensed milk booklet 🍶🍶🍶🍶

The recipe is a real winner. It is a traditional South African tart that is very easy to prepare.  Often referred to as ‘MELKTERT’, which is Afrikaans for Milk Tart, this classic and traditional dessert has its origins stemming from Dutch settlers in Cape Town, way back in the 1600’s. For the last number of years, Milk Tart has gained popularity far and wide, with even Jamie Oliver making Melktert.

Did you know that in South Africa, the 27th of February, has been declared as NATIONAL MILK TART DAY

South Africans do not need a particular day to enjoy this age-old, proudly South African sweet treat. Milk Tart is present in almost any shop, be it a supermarket, at Food Stalls, most Market day sales, and for sure at the home industry shops. You will find that there are tons of different variations to milk tart, so this An Easy and Quick No-Bake Milk Tart would be another to add to your list to try.

A slice of No-Bake Milktart on a white plate
No-Bake Milk Tart prepared by Mark Belding

Mark Belding, commented on An Easy and Quick No Bake Milk Tart recipe.  

Mark shared the above picture with us as he is a member of SA Tasty Recipes – Saffas Daily Recipes, and now in Beccles, Suffolk and as you will see he’s a happy Saffa that enjoyed this awesome Easy and Quick No Bake Milk Tart.

He made this and commented:

I made this and it was great, it’s a great recipe thanks.  The last time I had milk tart was SA in 1990 and it’s still one of the best desserts ever, thank you for sharing the recipe.

Yield: 1 pie

An Easy and Quick No Bake Milk Tart

Slices of No Bake Milk Tart on a white sideplate

A very quick no-bake (10 minutes) delicious classic South African dessert. Rich and creamy dusted with cinnamon on top. You will love it!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 3 cans fresh milk (use condensed milk can as the measurement for milk)
  • 50 ml Maizena (Corn Flour)
  • 30 ml Custard powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 ml vanilla essence
  • 30 ml of butter
  • Tennis Biscuits (for Crust)
  • Cinnamon for dusting


Combine condensed milk & 2½ cans of milk together & heat until boiling.

Mix cornflour, custard powder, and remaining ½ can milk together and eggs & vanilla essence.

Add to the hot milk & cook for 10 minutes and stirring with a whisk constantly.

Add the butter.

Line a large dish with Tennis biscuits (use broken pieces of biscuits) to fill gaps between whole biscuits or you can crush the biscuits and mix with butter to form a crust.

Pour the mixture over the base

Sprinkle with cinnamon & allow to cool.



Prepared, tried, and tested Feriel Sonday

Nutrition Information


1 pie plate

Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 1193Total Fat 66gSaturated Fat 34gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 28gCholesterol 712mgSodium 1208mgCarbohydrates 94gFiber 2gSugar 25gProtein 53g

Please note, I am not a nutritionist. All nutrition information on this blog, EsmeSalon, has been calculated by using an online calculator and is intended for information and guidance purposes only. If the nutrition information is important to you, please be advised that you should consider calculating it yourself, using your preferred tool.

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8 thoughts on “An Easy and Quick No Bake Milk Tart”

    • Hi Pamela, Thank you for trying out this recipe. Looking at the ingredients and the picture provided, my guess would be that it should fit in a standard pie pan which is 9 inches in diameter and 1-1/4 inches deep. Please note that I have not prepared this specific one myself, but received it from Feriel, a member of one of my FB groups.

      You can also use a bigger size, it may not be as high, but still awesome. I truly hope this will help. Once you made it, I will truly appreciate your time to leave us a rating and review on this recipe. Enjoy this awesome No bake Milk tart.

      • Thank you very much for your input.. but I like to cut the tart into squares… so wondered what size rectangular dish/ container.

        • Hi Pamela. Sorry that I misread your original question. I guess that anything like a deep 9 inch will work. When you prepared the crust a have it ready you should be able to see from that the size of the dish to use. As long as its deep to keep all the filling it should work. If its a bit on the big side the crust will be thinner and the filling will not be at high but it will still be perfect. It’s rather difficult to give exact size so you have to try out what you have available. I am sure that you will be able to work it on it once you made the crust and filling as that will help you decide. Please let us know what you used then I can update and add your comment and experience here.

    • Thanks Linda – Hope you will like it. Please keep me posted. Just remember that I do not try all these recipes shared here. I share it on behalf of those from my FB group that posted and tried and tested it.


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