Serves 6-8
One of the best traditional milk tart recipes! Smooth and creamy. The combination with apple makes it exceptional and not too sweet. I am addicted to this. On a practical note, one box of Vanilla Cake is enough for four milk tarts, or use the left over Vanilla Cake dry mix to make a delicious custard. See Ina’s Tip.
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Vanilla Cake

You will need

2 cups (500 ml) fresh full cream milk
1 stick of cinnamon, broken up into long splinters
4 T (60 ml) butter
3 extra large eggs, separated
150 g (200 ml) Ina Paarman’s Vanilla Cake Mix
1 ½ t (7.5 ml) almond essence

4 – 5 Pink Lady or Golden Delicious apples, peeled and cut into small wedges
½ cup (125 ml) apple juice

3 T (45 ml) sugar
1 t (5 ml) ground cinnamon

dried apple slices
¼ cup (50 g) sugar
¼ cup (60 ml) water
10 paper thin centre slices of apple (select from sliced apple)

Ina’s Tip

Warm 2 ½ cups (625 ml) full cream milk, add 1 T (15 ml) of butter and ½ cup (125 ml) of dry Vanilla Cake Mix. Stir non-stop with a wooden spoon over medium heat, until the custard starts to boil. Cook slowly for 2 minutes while still stirring, add 2 – 3 drops of yellow food colour. Serve warm or cold.
Makes 3 cups (750 ml) of custard.


To give this crustless milk tart flavour and body we have incorporated some of our dry Vanilla Cake Mix. Fold over the foil pack and seal with a peg. Refrigerate the remaining dry mix because you are bound to use this recipe again and again!

Bring the milk and broken cinnamon just to the boil.

Cover, remove from the heat, leave to draw for 20 minutes and add the butter. Cook the apples in apple juice for about 15 minutes. Dish it into a buttered deep 22 cm or regular 24 cm pie dish and leave to cool. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle 1 T of the cinnamon sugar over the apples.

Adjust the oven rack to one slot below the middle position. Preheat oven to 180´C.

Remove the cinnamon pieces from the milk. Separate the eggs. Add a little of the warm milk to the yolks while beating with a balloon whisk. Return egg mixture to the pot and then beat in the Vanilla Cake Mix. Add almond essence. Keep stirring over medium heat with a wire whisk just until the mixture starts to thicken on the bottom of the pot, immediately remove it from the heat and keep stirring, away from any heat, until the consistency is like a thickish yoghurt. It may form lumps, but just keep beating with whisk away from the heat. Leave to cool slightly.

Whip the egg whites to soft peak stage. Add 1/3 of the beaten whites to the milk tart mixture and stir through with the whisk. Add the remaining egg whites and gently fold in.

Dish into the pie dish on top of the cooked apples. Sprinkle the remaining cinnamon sugar evenly over the milk tart. Bake for 25 – 30 minutes until puffy. Switch off the oven (leave the door slightly ajar) and leave tart to stand in the oven to cool for 15 minutes. This milk tart is easier to slice at room temperature


If you want to bake the milk tart without the apple (it makes a lovely crustless milk tart) you must use a slightly smaller, 22 cm pie dish. It can be baked for the same length of time.