Not Milk Tart

What is a milk tart you may ask? This is a traditional Dutch South African recipe called “melktert” translated to milk tart. It is a sweet pastry tart filled with a creamy milk custard and sprinkled with cinnamon. The authentic way of making a milk tart requires a lot of milk, sugar and eggs, but Mel’s vegan version is a lot healthier for you! This is a recipe that everyone should try.

– makes 1 large tart or 2 smaller ones

This milk tart recipe serves up a great treat and is sure to impress. Be ready to here your friends and family say, "Is this really vegan?"WHOLEWHEAT CRUST


¼ cup cold vegan margarine
¼ cup maple syrup
1 cup wholewheat flour
1 tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg


Preheat oven to 180° C

In a large bowl add the flour, cinnamon and nutmeg. Next add the margarine and syrup and start working it into the flour until you have a soft play dough consistency.

On a floured surface roll out the dough and place into a pie dish, prick the bottom with a fork. Bake for 20 minutes until lightly brown, remove from heat and let cool.

The filling recipe can also be used as a straight custard recipe!


2½ cups Soy milk
4 Tbsp agave nectar (or to taste)
½ tsp cinnamon and extra for sprinkling
1 tsp vanilla essence
3 Tbsp corn flour


In a small pot bring 2 cups of milk to boil with the cinnamon, add in the agave nectar and vanilla. Stir well.

In a separate bowl mix the rest of the milk with the corn flour and slowly add to the milk mixture, allowing to thicken.

Remove from heat and pour into the pie crust. Sprinkle with cinnamon and place in refrigerator for 1 hour before serving. Enjoy chilled.

This is a truly fabulous milk tart recipe that will have your friends and family asking “Is this really vegan?”

Thank you to Mel from ‘Simple Vegan Cooking’.
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