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South African Marmite Tart Recipe: History, Tips & More

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Heita there! We’re about to tread into the unique flavour territory of South African desserts with the classic, and slightly unconventional, Marmite Tert. This sweet and savoury delight is sure to make your taste buds tingle. Let’s get stuck in!

marmite tart

Marmite Tart

Gianpiero Rusconi
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4


  • Tart tin (or shallow baking dish as an alternative)
  • Mixing Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Rolling pin
  • Oven


  • 200 g Ready-made Shortcrust Pastry
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 150 g Granulated Sugar
  • 2 tsp Marmite
  • 50 g Unsalted Butter melted
  • 250 ml Fresh Cream
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence


  • Preheat your oven to 180°C (160°C for fan-assisted ovens).
  • Roll out your ready-made shortcrust pastry on a lightly floured surface to fit your tart tin. Once rolled out, gently press the pastry into the tin, making sure to press into the corners.
  • Prick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from puffing up during baking. Pop the tart tin into the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden.
  • While the pastry is baking, whisk together the eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  • Add the marmite to the egg mixture, whisking until it's thoroughly mixed in.
  • Pour in the melted butter, fresh cream, and vanilla essence. Continue to whisk the mixture until everything is well combined.
  • Once the pastry is done, remove it from the oven and carefully pour in the marmite mixture.
  • Pop the tart back into the oven and bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until the filling is set and slightly golden on top.
  • Allow the Marmite tert to cool a bit before slicing it up and serving.

South African marmite tart

Marmite Tert History

Marmite Tert springs from the diverse culinary culture of South Africa. While Marmite, a yeast extract spread, originates from the United Kingdom, its integration into a sweet tart demonstrates the inventive spirit of South African cuisine. The word “tert” comes from the Afrikaans word for tart. Marmite, with its intensely savoury taste, and “tert”, associated with sweet desserts, may seem a quirky pairing. However, this blend of sweet and savoury has carved a unique niche in South African baking. Remember, though, this is largely conjecture since the precise origins of the Marmite Tert are somewhat elusive.

Tips & Tricks

Baking a Marmite Tert is a doddle, but some tips can make it even better. Always blind bake your pastry to avoid a soggy bottom. When whisking in the Marmite, make sure it’s thoroughly incorporated for a consistent flavour throughout the tart. And, don’t forget to let your tart cool before slicing, it sets the filling just right. Lastly, and most importantly, serve with a big smile!

Best Occasions to Serve Marmite Tert

There’s no wrong time to enjoy a Marmite Tert. Surprise your friends at the next braai with this sweet-savoury marvel. Add a slice to your afternoon tea spread or serve it up as an unexpected dessert at a dinner party. Any time you fancy a little adventure on your plate, Marmite Tert is your go-to.

Recipes & Sides That Go Well With Marmite Tert

  • Rooibos Tea: A comforting South African brew, perfect to sip alongside your tert.
  • Vanilla Ice Cream: A dollop of ice cream adds a creamy contrast to the savoury tert.
  • Fresh Fruit: Balance the unique flavour with some light, fresh fruit.

Ingredient Alternatives for Marmite Tert

  • Vegemite: If Marmite’s not available, its Australian cousin will do.
  • Homemade Pastry: If you fancy a bit more baking, whip up your own pastry.

Nutritional Facts

For a four-person portion of Marmite Tert:

Calories: 400
Carbs: 36g
Sugar: 30g
Fats: 24g
Protein: 6g
Fibre: 1g
Though quite a treat, the Marmite Tert is high in sugars and fats. Best to keep it for special occasions and remember to enjoy in moderation!

Troubleshooting (Common Problems)

  1. Filling Not Setting: Check your oven temperature and make sure the tart has enough time to bake.
  2. Soggy Pastry: Remember to blind bake your crust to keep it nice and crisp.

Marmite Tert Alternatives and Similar Recipes

  • Vegemite Tart: Swap out the Marmite for an Aussie twist.
  • Chocolate Tart: A sweeter alternative for the less adventurous.
  • Lemon Tart: For a tart with a more traditional sweet-citrus kick

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