Honour National Milk Tart Day with these scrumptious recipes

Honour National Milk Tart Day with these scrumptious recipes

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Next to braaibroodjies, there is nothing more quintessentially South African than milk tart. It’s everywhere: at every school bake sale, supermarket, church bazaar, and of course, the Sunday lunch table.

It’s no surprise that such an iconic dish has its own day – 27 February – on the South African calendar. In honour of National Milk Tart Day, two chefs from Capsicum Culinary Studio have given us their favourite milk tart recipes.

Peppermint Crisp Milk Tart
By Chef Bradley Wright

INGREDIENTS FOR BASE

  • 150g plain flour
  • 75g unsalted butter
  • 50g icing sugar
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 50g Peppermint Crisp, chilled

INSTRUCTIONS

Place the flour, unsalted butter, icing sugar, and the peppermint crisp chocolate in a food processor and blend in short burst until it resembles breadcrumbs. Tip into a bowl, add the beaten egg yolk, and mix to form a dough. If the dough looks too dry, add 1 tbsp water. Shape the dough into a ball, flatten it out into a disc, wrap it in cling film and chill for at least 30 mins before using. Pre-heat oven to 200ºC. Remove the dough from the fridge and roll out evenly on a floured surface.

Grease a flan pan with butter (or use Spray and Cook) and dust lightly with flour. Gently place the rolled-out dough into the pan and neatly shape into the corners. Use a fork to poke holes in the base of the base. Cover and place in the fridge for 30 minutes. Once rested remove from the fridge and place greaseproof paper in the tart shell and cover with baking beans (or you can use uncooked rice). Bake for 10 minutes, remove greaseproof paper and baking beans, and bake for a further 5 minutes or until golden brown. Turn off the oven and leave the base in the oven for 10-15minutes, then remove and place on a wire rack to cool.

Meanwhile, make the filling.

INGREDIENTS FOR FILLING

  • 500ml fresh milk
  • 28g butter
  • 20g flour
  • 25g corn-starch
  • 100g white sugar
  • 2 large eggs
    1 tsp vanilla essence

INSTRUCTIONS

Place a saucepan over medium heat and add the milk and butter and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. In another bowl, mix the flour, corn-starch, sugar, and vanilla essence and whisk in eggs until smooth. Gently whisk the mixture into the saucepan making sure there are no lumps. Return the saucepan to the stove and keep stirring constantly until it starts to bubble. Cook for about 5-6 minutes. Pass through a strainer to get a smooth texture.

INGREDIENTS FOR TOPPINGS

50g Peppermint Crisp, chilled

1 tsp ground cinnamon (or more if preferred)

INSTRUCTIONS

To assemble, pour the still-warm custard into the baked pastry shell ensuring that it spreads evenly. Allow to set and cool completely. In a bowl finely grate the Peppermint Crisp and mix with the ground cinnamon and then sprinkle over the top of the tart. Use a stencil to make it look even more fabulous!

Milk Tart Stuffed Choux Buns

By Chef Imtiyaaz Hart

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INGREDIENTS

  • 400 ml full cream milk
  • 1 stick cinnamon
  • 3 tbs butter
  • 5ml vanilla essence
  • 50ml cornflour
  • 2 extra-large egg yolks (reserve the whites)
  • 80ml sugar
  • 1 tbs cinnamon
  • 2 tbs brown sugar

INSTRUCTIONS FOR MILK TART

In a saucepan place, 300ml of the milk along with the cinnamon stick and the butter and heat until bubbles start forming. Remove from heat and leave to stand for 10 minutes before removing the cinnamon stick – this allows the mixture to retain that cinnamon flavour.

Add the vanilla essence. In a separate bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and remaining milk. Add the cornflour and beat, making sure there are no lumps. Add a little of the warm milk to the corn flour mixture then add to the heated milk in the saucepan.

Cook on medium heat until thick, whisking continuously whisk so that no lumps form. Remove from the heat and add the sugar. Place clingwrap over the surface of the milk tart mixture (making sure it is in contact with the surface so that a skin does not form) and leave to cool.

Beat the egg whites with ¼ cup sugar – you want soft white peaks – and set aside.

INGREDIENTS FOR THE CHOUX BUNS

  • ¼ cup water
  • ¼ cup milk
  • ½ cup self-raising flour
  • 4 tbs butter
  • 2 eggs

INSTRUCTIONS

Pre-heat oven to 220ºC. Heat the water, milk, and butter until it boils. Add the flour and mix for about 4 mins on medium heat. Use an electric hand mixer and mix on medium speed for 1 min – adding one egg at a time and continue to mix until fully combined.

Add mixture to a piping bag and pipe small circles onto a pre-greased tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 10min then lower oven heat to 155ºC and bake for a further 20 mins or until golden.

Remove, place on a wire rack and allow to cool. To assemble: Spoon the milk tart mixture into a piping bag and fill the choux buns. Top with the meringue and give it a quick toast with a blowtorch. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon and enjoy!

Pictures: Supplied

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