Old Fashioned Melktert Recipe – Milk tart – Easy


Old Fashioned Melktert – Milk Tart

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Melktert (Photo credit: thelonghotsummer)


For the pastry:

2 table spoons butter

2 table spoons sugar

1 egg

3/4 cup self raisning flour

pinch salt


2 cups milk

2 eggs

1/2 sugar

1/4 cup cake flour

1/4 cup corn flour

2 table spoons butter

1teaspoon vanilla essence

ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 180 degrees celcius.

Blitz all the ingredients together in a food processor or with an electric beater until it all clumps together to form a dough.

Press into a lightly greased 24 cm tart dish. Chill in the fridge while preparing the filling.

Heat the milk in a medium pot(do not boil).

Beat the yolks and sugar until creamy and light then add the flours and salt – the mixture will be quite thick.

Add some warm milk to the egg mixture and then return all of it to the pot.

Bring to the boil and whisk constantly until thickened.

Remove from the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla.

Whisk the egg whites in a clean bowl until soft peaks form and fold into the custard.

Pour into the chilled pastry case and sprinkle with cinnamon.

Bake for +- 30 minutes.

*Try with frozen puff pastry.

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5 day Cape Town & Surround

 This trip sets out to highlight Cape Town & surrounds as well as the winelands of the western Cape. Cape town has been voted one of the most beautiful cities in the world and some of the wines produced in the winelands have won international award.

Day 1 – Arrive Cape Town

One of our Pardus African Tours & Safaris guide will meet you at the airport to transfer you to your accomodation in Cape town, after settling into your room, our guide will give you a briefing of the days ahead at Dinner in one of Cape Town’s Restaurants at the Victoria and Alfred Water Front. (Dinner included)

 Day 2 – Table Mountain, Cape Point & Boulder’s Beach.

After breakfast you and your guide will set of on a tour of Capetown, our first stop will be Table Mountain, and weather dependant we will make our way to the summit to take in the the views of Cape town, this is weather dependant. Table Mountain is proud to be one of the official New 7 Wonders of Nature. Competing against major international attractions,  Table Mountain made it to the top seven after a campaign that attracted more than 100-million global votes.

English: Table Mountain seen from Lion's Head....
English: Table Mountain seen from Lion’s Head. Español: Montaña de la Mesa vista desde la Cabeza de León. Frysk: In panorama fan de Tafelberch. Ek it tafellekken is te sjen. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After table mountain we will make our way past Camps Bay and the 12 Apolostles, and stop off in the the small town called Houtbay, Hout Bay (Afrikaans: Houtbaai, from Afrikaans for “Wood Bay”) is the name of a coastal suburb of Cape Town, South Africa with a mix of neighbourhoods from the very rich to the very poor. It lies in a valley on the Atlantic seaboard of the Cape Peninsula and is twenty kilometres south of the Central Business District of Cape Town. The name Hout Bay can refer to the town, or the bay on which it is situated, or the whole valley.

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border|22x20px South Africa, Aerial view of Chapman’s Peak Drive. For exact location see geocode. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Heading off towards Chapmans peak, The western flank of the mountain falls sharply for hundreds of metres into the Atlantic Ocean. A spectacular road, known as Chapman’s Peak Drive, hugs the near-vertical face of the mountain from Hout Bay to Noordhoek. Hacked out of the face of the mountain between 1915 and 1922, the road was at the time regarded as a major feat of engineering. Chapman’s Peak Drive was closed in the 1990s, after a rockfall caused a death and a subsequent lawsuit, and subsequently reopened after being re-engineered to protect motorists from falling rocks. It was reopened in 2005 as a toll road, we will make our way to Cape Point.
Cape Point is situated within the Table Mountain National Park, within a section of the Park referred to as Cape of Good Hope. This section covers the whole of the southern tip of the Cape Peninsula and which takes in perhaps 20% of its total area. The Cape of Good Hope section of the park is generally wild, unspoiled and undeveloped and is an important haven for seabirds. The vegetation at Cape Point consists primarily of Peninsula Sandstone Fynbos.

Cape Point is often mistakenly claimed to be the place where the cold Benguela Current of the Atlantic Ocean and the warm Agulhas Current of the Indian ocean collide. In fact, the meeting point fluctuates along the southern and southwestern Cape coast, usually occurring between Cape Agulhas and Cape Point. The two intermingling currents help to create the micro-climate of Cape Town and its environs. Contrary to popular mythology, the meeting point of the currents produces no obvious visual effect; there is no “line in the ocean” where the sea changes colour or looks different in some way. There are, however, strong and dangerous swells, tides and localized currents around the point and in adjacent waters. These troubled seas have witnessed countless maritime disasters in the centuries since ships first sailed here. We will take some time to walk to the lighthouse, and take in the scenery.

We then head out to Simon’s Town for Lunch, and enjoy a meal at one of the historical towns many bistro’s, Simon’s Town (Afrikaans: Simonstad), sometimes spelled Simonstown, is a town near Cape Town, South Africa, which is home to the South African

English: The African penguin colony at Boulder...

English: The African penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simons Town, South Africa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Navy. It is located on the shores of False Bay, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. For more than two centuries it has been an important naval base and harbour (first for the Royal Navy and now the South African Navy). The town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony. After Lunch we will visit Boulder’s Beach.

Boulders Beach is located a few kilometres to the south of Simon’s Town, in the direction of Miller’s Point. Here small coves with white sandy beaches and calm shallow water are interspersed between boulders of Cape granite. There has been a colony of African penguins at Boulders Beach since 1985. There is no record of the birds having lived here prior to that date, so their decision to settle in an area already well-utilized by humans is remarkable. There are only three penguin populations on the mainland in southern Africa; the others are close to Hermanus at Stoney Point and Betty’s Bay.

We will then make our way past Kalk Bay and Muizenberg back to your accomodation in Cape Town, after you have freshened up we will take a local taxi to explore Cape Town’s night life and dinner. (breakfast Included, Lunch and Dinner Own expense)

English: Kids in the township near Cape Town i...

English: Kids in the township near Cape Town in 2011 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Day 3 – City and Township tour

After we have breakfast at our accomodation, we wil load our luggage into our vehicle, and make our way to the City to explore the history of the City, then head of to the The Cape Flats which is an expansive, low-lying, flat area situated to the southeast of the central business district of Cape Town. Described by some as ‘Apartheid’s dumping ground’, from the 1950s the area became home to people the apartheid government designated as non-White. Race-based legislation such as the Group Areas Act and pass laws either forced non-white people out of more central urban areas designated for white people and into government-built townships in the Flats, or made living in the area illegal, forcing many people designated as Black into informal settlements elsewhere in the Flats.

The Flats have since then been home to much of the population of Greater Cape Town, and most of the residents in the area are of African descent. This area includes the neighbourhoods of Mitchell’s Plain, Gugulethu, Nyanga, Langa, and Khayelitsha. (break fast, lunch and dinner Included)

Wine farm

Wine farm (Photo credit: slack12)

Day 3 & 4 – Franshoek

Once we have experienced a township, we will make our way to Franschoek.

Franschhoek (“French Corner”, (Dutch spelling before 1947 Franschen Hoek) is a small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa. It is about 75 kilometres from Cape Town and has a population of 15,353. Since 2000 it has been incorporated into Stellenbosch Municipality, Here we will settle into our accomodation at one of the wine farms for the next 3 nights as we are going to explore the wine route tasting wines at various wine farms over the next 2 days. (Breakfast & dinner included, Lunch Own expense)

Day 5 – Cape Town International Airport

On the morning of Departure you will leave Franshoek and take to the airport by your guide, where you can fly off to your next tour or home. (breakfast Included)

See our other intineraries for add on trips

Included in this Trip:All transport and airport transfers,  all accomodation, park entrance fees, Breakfast and dinner as per the intinerary, Guide and tours, wine tasting. 

Excluded:Own expense meals as indicated on the intinerary, Optional extra drinks and refreshments, gratuities, souvenirs and international flights. 

Price: Starts at $1500 per person Sharing prices is dependant on your accomodation preference, please send your enquiries to Robert@pardustours.com

Education in Africa…

Satellite image of Africa, showing the ecologi...

Satellite image of Africa, showing the ecological break that defines the sub-Saharan area (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 A Sensative topic and not necessarily a bad one… Yes Africa may need help, but what I have always believed is to rather teach a man to fish rather than give him a fish, meaning that if you teach him to fish he will have an endless supply rather than one fish that keeps him asking for more. This topic is my opinion and is based on my ideas and experience and may not necessarily be 100% factual, but I believe that most of what I have seen and experienced as a Guide and Tour leader, is to a certain extent fact, and I invite comments and ideas around this topic.



education (Photo credit: Sean MacEntee)

Education is sadly under funded and not as accessible to the rural community in Africa as it should be, and even though there are several organisations that are doing their best to improve this, it is a large problem that would take years of work and buckets of funds. I believe that Education would solve many of Africa’s problems, especially poaching of african wildlife, becuase people need to survive and Poaching is an easier source of income, made easier by syndicates offering a a very small percentage of what the syndicates actually end up getting paid for the poached animal. And most of the cases the poachers end up going to jail or even worse get killed trying to provide for their families.

  A large portion of rural Africans survive on subsistance farming, growing maize, cassava, and farming cattle, goats and chickens. And this doesnt necessarliy make them poor, however it is definately a hard way to make a living, where some areas have periodic rain falls and limited resources, which can hinder to a substance farmer’s ability to produce for his family. A large number of subsistance farmers live in traditional houses, that are made from earth, trees and grass. Most of the time these families dont earn an income, and as education is not for free in Africa, an therefore almost impossible to send their children to school, and if they do earn an income, and they see the value of education, they will send their eldest son to school.  As monetary resources are low they believe that their daughters will get married some day and therefore education is not as important.  

When on safari, we often stop to visit a village or stop on the side of the road for a comfort break or picnic, and we occassionaly get in undated with curious villagers. The first reaction from guests is to donate, and my advice on this matter is to rather make donations to organised charities.

Villages that we visit on tour are been helped, in that part of of your tour fee would be contributed to that village, and even staying in community based projects where the villages may even own the property or camp site that we stay at; if a guest want to contribute to this village we organise that they send educational packages from their home country or schools, which in turn go to the local village schools. One particular school in Zululand has had a library built on the funds from tours and children have had their school fees and uniforms and stationery paid for by tourists that donate funds.  The reason for this is to have a controlled environment that would essentially mean that the funds would be used appropriately for future growth and actually go towards what the funds or benefits are intended.

If you as a guest,  want to contribute while you are on Safari, an alternative way, is to donate pens and stationary as these items are hard to come by, and normally an expense for the families. So before you leave home pack a small bag of stationery items.

We also promote spending local, and buying products locally produced.

Even though this topic focused on Education, I believe that education is the foundation to empower people to help themselves. There are many problems in Africa that need solutions, for example Malaria, Medicine etc. and there are organisations that focus on these issues.

Remember very effort, no matter how small it may be, contributes to the future of a child in Africa.