Paleo Melktert (grain free, dairy free, paleo) | Fresh Planet Flavor

I was introduced to melktert (which means “milk tart” in Afrikaans) on Jamie Oliver’s Instagram. He described the melktert as “naughty” which made me smile and made the idea stick in my head (the photo of his totally gorgeous rendition probably helped with this). That cracked caramel brûlée top! Swoon.

ANYWAY. I got to thinking whether a paleo melktert might be possible. The traditional version of this South African dessert consists of a sweet pastry crust containing a creamy filling made from milk, flour, sugar and eggs. Um, pretty firmly a no-go but I was still really tempted by the idea of a paleo adaptation! The ratio of milk to egg is higher in melktert than in Chinese egg tarts, which I must admit I’m not a fan of. There’s a famousssssss egg tart bakery here in San Francisco’s Chinatown, but when I tried one all I could wonder was “who put sugar in my scrambled eggs?”. So I was curious to try a milkier version of the same idea, if that makes sense. There are plenty of paleo custard recipes out there already, so I chose one and ran with it. Granted, I made it without the flour (even grain-free flour) that the original calls for, so it’s not a very close adaptation. But it’s a delicious one nonetheless, and perfect for those with restless tummies after consuming dairy or grains since this contains neither.

Paleo Melktert (grain free, dairy free, paleo) | GrokGrub.com

P.S. You can buy stencils especially made for stuff like making the design in the cinnamon and coconut sugar, if using. I love this one, or this or a stencil kit! If not, feel free to serve this with a plain top, streak it with melted chocolate or experiment with a caramel brûléed top à la Jamie.  Last option is to follow a similar route to what I did (which was using a $1.50 appliqué from the Japanese dollar store down the street as a stencil under a sprinkle of cinnamon). 

Paleo Melktert (grain free, dairy free, paleo) | GrokGrub.com

Paleo Melktert

Preparation 10 mins 2017-06-26T00:10:00+00:00
Cook Time 30 mins 2017-06-26T00:30:00+00:00
Serves 8     adjust servings

Melktert is a popular South African dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust containing a creamy filling. This paleo version is dairy free, grain free and refined sugar free for a healthier spin on a classic.

Ingredients

  • Pie Crust
  • Use your favorite, options include this, this and this
  • Filling
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly grease a pie plate or tart pan (mine is 1" deep and 9.5" wide).
  2. Prep your favorite crust, note that the filling needs approximately 30 minutes of baking at 350° F to set.
  3. To make the filling, use a hand mixer to whip the eggs, coconut cream and honey together until smooth and thoroughly combined.
  4. On medium-low heat, warm the mixture in a pot with the cinnamon sticks, stirring constantly until simmering.
  5. Pour into the crust, and bake in the preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes, until set.
  6. Remove from the oven, allow to cool to room temperature, then sprinkle the cinnamon over the surface by hand or using a small sieve/strainer.
  7. Serve cold or at room temperature.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 161kcal Calories from fat 108
% Daily Value
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 60mg 20%
Sodium 61mg 3%
Carbohydrate 13g 4%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 9g
Protein 3g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
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