Milk Tart

(c) Goodway

Serves 16, ready in approximately one hour

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 duck egg
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 cups goat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 duck eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, cream together 1/2 cup butter or margarine and 1 cup sugar. Add 1 egg and beat until mixture is smooth. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, baking powder, and salt. Stir flour mixture into sugar mixture just until ingredients are thoroughly combined. Press mixture into bottom and sides of two 9-inch pie pans.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, until golden brown.
  4. In a large saucepan, combine milk, vanilla extract, and 1 tablespoon butter or margarine. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then remove from burner.
  5. In a separate bowl, mix together 2 1/2 tablespoons flour, cornstarch, and 1/2 cup sugar. Add beaten eggs to sugar mixture and whisk until smooth. Slowly whisk mixture into milk. Return pan to heat and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil and stir 5 minutes. Pour half of mixture into each pastry shell. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Chill before serving.

Optional variations: 

For coffee-flavoured tarts, use instant coffee or espresso to create one to two tablespoons of thick, rich coffee. Mix this into your custard mixture just prior to pouring into the tart shells.

Similarly, add cocoa powder to taste for a chocolate version of this dessert.

For a personal-sized dessert, press tart mixture around the openings of a muffin pan to create the perfect mini tart.