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Milk Tart Dessert

Traditional South African recipe for lekker Milk Tart, topped with cinnamon and nutmeg
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Pastry Crust:

-1 1/2 cups (188 grams) all-purpose flour
-1/3 cup (35grams ) confectioner’s sugar powdered sugar
-¼ teaspoon salt
-9 Tablespoons (125grams) of unsalted butter(cold or frozen), cut into small pieces
-1 large egg yolk

Milk filling:
-2 1/4 ( 496 ml) cups milk
-2 tablespoon (28grams) butter
-2 tablespoons (20 grams) flour
-3-4 tablespoons (23- 30grams) cornstarch
-1/2 cup (100grams) sugar
-2 Large eggs
-2 teaspoons vanilla extract
-½ teaspoon almond extract (optional)
-½ teaspoon cinnamon
-½ teaspoon nutmeg or replace with cinnamon

Pastry Crust
Butter or spray a 9-inch pie pan with a removable bottom – making sure it is has been adequately sprayed. Set aside

Place flour, salt and sugar in a food processor pulse for a couple of times to mix ingredients.
Throw in butter and pulse until rough dough forms.
Then add egg yolk - pulse until the dough barely comes.
Remove dough place on a work surface - knead just enough to incorporate all the dough. Working the dough as little as possible.
Do not overwork the dough; otherwise, it’ll be too tough. When it’s ready, the dough will be barely moistened and come together into a ball.
Lightly press the dough on the prepared pie pan – working from the center up until the bottom and sides are fully covered with pastry – again be very gentle when pressing the dough onto the pie pan.
Place pie pan in the freezer and freeze for at least 30 minutes or more this helps prevent the dough from rising- if you are in a rush brick, then bake with beans to prevent rising.
Preheat oven to 205 degrees C and place rack in center of the oven
Bake crust for about 20 to 25 minutes or until the crust is dry and golden brown. Set aside

Milk Filling
Place saucepan over medium heat, add butter, nutmeg and milk -bring to a boil and remove from the heat.
In another bowl, mix together flour, cornstarch, sugar, vanilla and almond extract- whisk in eggs until smooth. Gently whisk into the saucepan making sure there are no lumps
Now return the pan back to the stove – keep stirring constantly until it starts to bubble.
Cook for about 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and pour the mixture into the baked pastry shell Sprinkle with cinnamon.
Chill until ready to be served.


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