This new take on the classic milk tart from The South African Milk Tart Collection, by Callie Maritz and Mari-Louis Guy, R280, (Human & Rousseau) is reminiscent of American truck stop treats
For the pastry
- 3 cups cake flour
- 2t baking powder
- 1t salt
- 1t sugar
- 220g butter or margarine, cold and grated
- ¾ cup milk
- Vegetable oil, for frying
For the filling
- 1 tub cream cheese
- 1 box (90g) vanilla instant pudding
- ½ cup milk
- 1 cup fresh cream
- 1t vanilla essence
- 1 cup desiccated coconut, lightly toasted
To make the pastry
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
- Use two knives to cut the butter into the flour until it resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
- Evenly drizzle the milk over the mixture, then gently work the dough into a ball with your hands.
- Divide the dough in two, press each into a flat disc, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- Lightly flour the work surface, then roll out the dough to a thickness of about 6 mm.
- Cut 12 rounds of 15 cm diameter each from the dough. Refrigerate until needed, but for at least 20 minutes while you prepare the filling.
To make the filling
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, using the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add the instant pudding powder and milk and mix to combine.
- In a clean bowl of an electric mixer, using the whisk attachment, whip the cream to stiff peak stage. Add the vanilla essence and mix to combine.
- Fold the cream into the cream cheese mixture.
- Add the coconut and stir to combine.
- Cover gently with plastic wrap and then refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.
- Scoop about 2T of the filling into the centre of each pastry round. Brush the inside edge of the pastry with water.
- Fold the dough over to form half-moon shapes.
- Crimp and seal the edges with a fork.
- Heat the vegetable oil in a deep-fryer. Cook 2–3 pies at a time for 3 minutes, then turn and cook for a further 2 minutes or until golden.
- Drain off excess oil on paper towels.
Makes 12 pies