Celebrating #NationalMilkTartDay – my way!

Every year on the 27th of February we celebrate National Milk Tart Day in South Africa.

Growing up I never liked the taste of cinnamon, so I can’t say that I’ve been a lifelong fan. Luckily my taste buds have matured a bit.  Now all I can do is to keep obsessing about all the marvelous milk tarts I may have missed out on.

If you are not familiar with this traditional tea-time treat, it is a sweet pastry crust filled with a rich, creamy custard filling, with a dash of cinnamon.

Milk Tart Melktertjies
Image: Woolworths: Zola Nene












Check out this recipe by local Chef, author and personality Zola Nene, as published by Woolworths, if you want to try to bake your own:  Milk Tart 

Believe it or not, I have never tried to make a milk tart from scratch.  A couple of years ago, I made these cupcakes with a milk tart filling, but I have actually not attempted the full Monty yet. I guess I feel a bit intimidated by the thought of having to make a crust from scratch, so that is my excuse and I’m sticking to it.

I took the opportunity to focus more on the “liquid version” of the milk tart.  Using the same flavour profile, i.e milky, sweet, cinnamon – with a dash of alcohol, the “Melktertjie” (translating to milk tartlet/little milktart) was born.  Since my first sip, as student on a limited budget, I’ve always had a soft spot for this quick and easy – and super decadent shooter-style drink. No special bar equipment or advanced mixology techniques needed.  All you need is a can opener and a bottle to mix your melktertjie in.

So, here we go.




300 ml vodka (you can use more or less, depending how boozy you want it)

1 tin sweetened condensed milk

1 tin evaporated milk

Mix the three ingredients together and chill for a couple of hours.

And that is seriously it.




I kept my boozy mixture in a bottle in the fridge and just gave it a shake now and again to be sure that the sweet and sticky condensed milk mixes properly.

Melktertjie shooter
















Bring on my liquid dessert for #NationalMilkTartDay.  Pour the melktertjie-mix in a shooter glass and a dash of ground cinnamon and there you go!

Melktertjies Shooter

















Melktertjies shooter











PS:  By pure coincidence, the 27th of February is also #KahluaDay.  So while I was on a roll, I decided to make my own ‘Koffie en Melktert” (Coffee and milk tart) concoction.  Just an excuse to have “tea time” late on a Saturday afternoon.

Kahlua Melktertjie











In an espresso cup, I had two shots of Kahlua, topped up with Melktertjie mix. A successful experiment, if I do say so myself!

Kahlua Melktertjie

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