Get your



EsmeSalon Recipes

Get access to 1000+ homemade tried and tested recipes by home chefs

By subscribing, I agree to receive a newsletter, exclusive content and free gifts, and declare that I have read the privacy policy and terms and conditions.

South African Microwave Milk Tart (Melktert)

Please Spread the love, Sharing is Caring!

As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Please note that EsmeSalon may have a financial relationship with some of the vendors we mention in this post which means we may get compensated financially or in kind, at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase through any link in this post. Please refer to our Affiliate Disclosure and Privacy Policy should you require any additional information.

As it’s only two of us, I decided to make a quick South African Microwave Milk Tart (Melktert) for New Years’ Eve.

Melktert is a South African dessert originally created by the Dutch settlers in the “Cape” consisting of a sweet pastry crust containing a custard filling made from milk, flour, sugar, and eggs.

Can Milk Tart be frozen?

Make ahead: Milk tart can be made up to 2 days in advance and kept covered in the fridge. Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days. Freezing: Freezing is not recommended as the custard might change texture once thawed.

South African Microwave Milk Tart (Melktert)

South African Microwave Milk Tart (Melktert)

an image of a white serving platter with a round South African Microwave Milk Tart (Melktert) cut and a slice on a side plate in front with a spoon

5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star

5 from 1 review

Super easy, delicious, and made in the microwave, so no fuss and bother!

  • Author:
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Set Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes
  • Yield: 1 large springform pan 1x
  • Category: Desserts
  • Cuisine: South African


Units Scale


  1. Mix all the ingredients in a large microwave bowl.
  2. Microwave three times as follows: 1st session: 7 minutes; 2nd session: 5 minutes; 3rd session: 3 minutes
  3. Use a handheld electric mixer and after each session in the microwave beat it for one minute.
  4. If you have a high-powered microwave then only do 5; 3 and 1-minute intervals which I did.
  5. Once done add the vanilla essence and beat one last time and pour the mixture over the crumbs.
  6. Sprinkle with Cinnamon powder and let it set in the fridge.
  7. I used a springform pan (as it’s super easy to pop it out) and covered the bottom with a circle of parchment paper. I will use a 9” next time, then it will the thicker but obviously, it does not make a difference.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 3106
  • Sugar: 310
  • Sodium: 2928
  • Fat: 125
  • Saturated Fat: 79
  • Unsaturated Fat: 40
  • Trans Fat: 5
  • Carbohydrates: 295
  • Fiber: 0
  • Protein: 204
  • Cholesterol: 558

Tried this recipe?

Give us a shout at _esmesalon on Instagram

Recipe Card powered byTasty Recipes

More Milk Tart (Melktert) recipes to enjoy

Copyright © 2024 – All rights reserved.

  • Make tomorrow more amazing than today!
  • Just believe in yourself and dream big.
  • Do not give up on your hopes. Take care always.


I, Esme Slabbert, am the author and creator of this site, EsmeSalon. It is unlawful to re-use any content from this blog, without my written permission. Please contact me should you wish to discuss it further.


My goal is to provide the best homemade recipes that are healthy for all families to enjoy. I also endeavor to showcase and share other bloggers and promote them on my Blog. You will also find Resources and Courses and Services for Bloggers which I promote from time to time.

10 thoughts on “South African Microwave Milk Tart (Melktert)”

  1. This sounds delicious! And microwave?? I’ll have to give this a try. Sounds yummy. Thank you for sharing this post at the Will Blog for Comments #31 linkup. Hope to see you there next time sharing another post or two. Have a wonderful week.

    • Hi, there Donna. Thank you so much for popping in and yes, this South African Microwave Milk Tart (Melktert) it awesome. It’s a very traditional treat in SA (I still make it although in Canada for the past 25+ years) and you will find lots of variations. This is my quick adapted microwave version and we love it. Hope you will have time to try it out and also enjoy it.

  2. Wow! This sounds interesting and yummy. I have never heard of this. You’ve piqued my curiosity and taste buds. Bookmarking so I can try later.
    I appreciate you sharing this recipe with Sweet Tea & Friends this month sweet friend.

    • Hi Barbara – WOW, thank you so much for the honor, and I am glad you like it. Hopefully, you will be able to try and enjoy it as well. Again, thanks for featuring this post.


Leave a Comment

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star