Milktart recipes for the festive season

December, Christmas time, beach, braais and baking! This Christmas, why not try something a little different. Over and above our favourite milktart recipes, have you ever heard of brandy ‘n coke glazed gammon and turkey on the braai? What about milktart trifle and ice cream Christmas pudding?

It’s not holiday time if you don’t whip out some milktart recipes and try some new variations on a simple classic. The best part about festive feasts, is that they go very well with an ice cold shot of Tant Sannie se Melktert, shared with friends and family.

A summer Christmas in South Africa

In South Africa Christmas is in the middle of summer. For those in the northern hemisphere this is tricky to wrap their heads around, but for us, it’s just the norm, and we love it! Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining and everything is alive.

To go with a true South African Christmas feast we’ve taken two of our fail-proof dessert recipes and added a few easy ingredients to create an original dessert, fit for any festive feast.

It is no secret that trifles are a big deal in Mzansi. It could even be said that the dessert so deeply embedded in our history could have sparked a few family feuds.

While there is absolutely nothing wrong with a little friendly competition amongst family, you really stand a better chance of beating your aunts for the trifle throne with this milktart trifle recipe.

Milktart Trifle

What you need

1 x Milk Cake (as per our Tant Sannie se Melktert recipe), sliced

1 x Milk tart custard filling (as per our Tant Sannie se Melktert recipe)

1 ½ cups of fruit cake mix

¼ cup of sugar

1 cup water

Ground cinnamon to garnish

What you need to do

  1. Cut the pre-prepared milk cake into slices and put to one side.
  2. In a small saucepan dissolve the sugar in one cup of water. Add the fruit cake mix and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the fruit and set the glossy syrup aside.
  3. Dip each slice of cake into the syrup, then arrange in a single layer in a large glass dish.
  4. Top with a few spoons of fruit, then pour a thick layer of milktart custard over.
  5. Repeat until all the cake has been used. End with a layer of custard.
  6. Dust with cinnamon and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Merry Milktart! Enjoy this delicious dessert with a cold glass of Tant Sannie se Melktert poured over ice.