Hartford House

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Award-winning hotel and restaurant situated at Summerhill Stud on the picturesque KwaZulu-Natal Midlands Meander, South Africa.

Paula's Milk Tart Recipe

 Milk Tart Photo : Jackie Cameron

Milk Tart
Photo : Jackie Cameron

Paula's Milk Tart

 Jackie Cameron Head Chef

Jackie Cameron
Head Chef

Paula Mackenzie, where do I begin? She started at Hartford as a trainee from “ICA”, a cooking school in Stellenbosch. Her roles changed significantly as the years went by, with short intervals elsewhere: from trainee, to pastry chef, to sous chef to manager, and eventually, to General Manager at the tender age of 24. Her passion for all-things hotel, not only the food side but the magnificent Hartford gardens and the award-winning wine list, convinced her to hang up her chef’s jacket and step over, as us chefs say, “to the dark side.” Milk tart is as South African as Nelson Mandela, and it is appropriate that Paula submitted a recipe for this national favourite, because she too, is proudly South African and I believe her forté is pastry.


Ingredients :

  • 125g butter
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt

Method :

  1. Cream butter and sugar until sugar is beginning to dissolve, add egg.
  2. Sieve the dry ingredients, add this to the mixture and then press in to a large pie tin, using your fingers, when smooth, prick the base with a fork.
  3. Bake at 175°C for 10-15 minutes until the base is pale but beginning to golden.


Ingredients :

  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 cups milk
  • 4 tablespoons of corn flour, heaped
  • 1 heaped tablespoon butter
  • 1 tsp Vanilla/Almond Essence
  • Cinnamon

Method :

  1. Beat the eggs and the sugar with three cups of milk.
  2. Heat on a low temperature and stir until the sugar dissolves-allow to boil.
  3. Mix the corn flour with the other cup of milk, when it the milk boils then add the cornflour mixture and whisk until thick.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter.
  5. Pour in to base and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Please post your comments and any food-related questions below. I look forward to hearing from you.

Jackie Cameron
Hartford House, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
+27 33 263 2713