Friday, November 23, 2012

Milk Tarts

New African foods, continued...

Meet the milk tart:

In the land of MSG, meat pie is everywhere.  Here it's usually a salty, hard crusted lead weight full of MSG and Grade D meat that is so unpalatable most of the time, I couldn't even bring myself to write an entire blog entry about it.  So I decided to write about something good that also comes in a shell here... milk tarts, sometimes referred to as cream tarts. Found in local coffee shops and bakeries throughout countries in southern Africa, the cream tart is a superior version of flan or custard... It has all of the qualities and textures of those two, but the egg, cream, and sugar combination comes in a sweet flaky crust with nutmeg and cinnamon on top.  It is also one of the cheapest desserts to be found.  Highly recommended.

Here Jonas reaches for his third cream tart at a coffee shop.

Don't worry.  He will finish it.