Traditional South African Tea Time Treats

Traditional south African tea time treats

Greetings my dear South Africans or people of the world who are here to learn how to make traditional South African tea time treats.

Old Fashioned South African Rusks and Milk Tart

South Africans have been enjoying rusks (a dried-out sweet biscuit dipped in coffee or tea, similar to Italian biscotti) and milk tart for generations. Numerous recipes exist for both treats, with variations in method and ingredients. These two recipes are modern, quicker versions of the age-old tea time treats. Tune in here we begin our recpies of the two famous traditional South African tea time treats.

Recipe for South African Health Rusks

Rusks were originally baked in South Africa during the Pioneer period, where food had to last for long periods of time without refrigeration. Traditionally it is made with white flour, buttermilk and eggs. This recipe uses the basic ingredients, but adds seeds and bran to make a health version of the traditional rusks.


Traditional south African tea time treats

• 6 cups of digestive bran

• 2 cups brown sugar

• 1 cup sunflower seeds

• 1 teaspoon salt

• 6 cups self raising flour

• 1 cup butter (melted)

• One cup sesame seed

• 1 cup coconut

• 2 cups buttermilk

• 2 cups milk

• 4 eggs


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degree F.

2. Spray two large bread pans with non-stick baking spray.

3. Mix the bran, sugar, seeds, salt, flour and coconut in a large mixing bowl.

4. Make a hole in the middle of the dry ingredients and break the eggs into the whole.

5. Whisk the eggs until thoroughly combined.

6. Add butter, buttermilk and milk to the eggs.

7. Mix the dry and wet ingredients until well combined.
8. The mixture should be wet but not runny. If the mixture seem too dry, add ,more milk.

9. Scoop into two large bread pans and flatten the top with the back of a spoon.

10. Sprinkle with more sesame seeds (optional).

11. Bake for 1 hour at 350 degree F.

12. Remove from oven and allow to cool in pans for 10 minutes.

13. Turn over onto a cooling rack.

14. Wait until completely cooled down, and cut into thick slices. Cut each slice into three or four pieces.

15. Pack the rusks onto two baking trays. Make sure that there is enough space around each rusk for hot air to circulate.

16. Place baking trays in a cool oven (210 degrees F) and dry the rusks out over night.

17. Remove from oven, allow to cool down in the baking trays and store in an air tight container.

18. Enjoy just as it is or dipped in coffee or tea.

19. The rusks are ideal for camping or picnic.

The next recipe is one of the most used traditional South African tea time treats.

Traditional South African Milk Tart

This is an unbaked version of the traditional baked puff pastry milk tart.


Traditional south African tea time treats

• 1 tin condensed milk (approximately 14 ounces or 400 grams)
• 3 condensed milk tin measures of plain milk (empty the condensed milk tin and use tin to measure milk)
• 2 eggs
• 1 teaspoon custard powder
• 1/3 cup corn starch
• a pinch of salt
• 1 teaspoon butter
• 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
• 1 packet graham crackers or tennis biscuits
• 1/2 cup butter


1. Crush the graham crackers or tennis biscuits until fine.

2. Melt 1/2 cup butter.

3. Pour crushed biscuits into a pie dish (approximately 8 inches in diameter).

4. Apply melted butter, mix and press into the bottom of pie dish until crust is formed.

5. Empty the condensed milk into a medium sized pot.

6. Add three tins of milk and 1 teaspoon of butter.

7. Put on a stove plate and heat.

8. Bring the mixture to the boil, while stirring continuously.

9. In the mean time beat the eggs, custard powder, vanilla essence, salt and corn starch until smooth.

10. Add a little of the boiling milk mixture to the egg mixture and stir.

11. Add the hot egg mixture to the milk mixture and stir continuously until the mixture thickens.

12. When the mixture is thick, take of heat and pour the hot mixture onto the cookie crust.

13. Sprinkle with cinnamon and allow to cool.

14. Cut in pieces and enjoy with coffee or tea or as a dessert.

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