Traditional milk tart with almond crust

June 3, 2014 (Last Updated: January 11, 2019)
Traditional milk tart with almond crust recipe

Traditional milk tart with almond crust.

Traditional milk tart with almond crust

Serves: 1 milk tart
Cooking Time: 1 hour + 1 hour to chill


  • Pastry

  • 200g (2 cups) ground almonds
  • 100g brown sugar
  • 50g cold butter, cubed
  • 30ml (2 tbsp) ice water
  • Custard

  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 50g cornflour
  • 250ml (1 cup) milk
  • 150g sugar
  • seeds from ½ vanilla pod
  • cinnamon, to serve



Preheat the oven to 180°C and lightly grease a pie dish.


For the pastry, combine the almonds, sugar and butter in a bowl. Using your fingers, rub the ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the ice water and mix until the dough comes together. Wrap in plastic wrap and put into the fridge to chill for 10 – 15 minutes.


Press the mixture into the bottom and sides of the pie dish and bake blind until golden, about 20 – 25 minutes.


For the custard, mix the egg yolks, cornflour and a little of the milk to make a smooth paste.


Heat the remainder of the milk, the sugar and vanilla seeds in a double boiler. Once the milk is hot, add the egg mixture. Whisk continuously until the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon.


Pour the mixture into the pastry case, sprinkle with the cinnamon and chill in the fridge for 1 hour before serving.

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