My Mother makes a cottage cheese fridge tart that I absolutely cannot resist. She makes it for all special occasions, and always have it ready in the fridge when we visit them in Keurboomstrand.

I recently copied her handwritten recipe into my recipe book. It is fool-proof, really easy, and contains all the good stuff for a great fridge tart: smooth cottage cheese, condensed milk, lemon juice and cream. The special touch is the topping, which is a golden orange & passion fruit syrup which gets thickened with custard powder, and totally looks like a summery sunshine celebration!


1 can condensed milk

1/3 cup lemon juice (freshly squeezed or bottled)

250 g smooth low-fat cottage cheese

250 ml cream

2 x packets of Tennis biscuits

  • Whisk condensed milk and lemon juice together for 3 minutes.
  • Add cottage cheese and whisk untill smooth.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk cream untill stiff. Add to cottage cheese mixture and whisk untill incorporated.
  • Arrange one layer of tennis biscuits in a big, shallow dish (square of rectangular works best)
  • Top biscuits with half the cottage cheese mixture.
  • Arrange a second layer of tennis biscuits and cover with the rest of the cottage cheese mixture.
  • Smooth the top, and leave in fridge for 30 minutes to cool.

Top layer:

1 can of orange segments or mandarin segments

1 small can of passion fruit pulp

50 ml water

3 teaspoons custard powder

  • Drain liquid of orange segment can into a saucepan. Add passion fruit pulp and bring to a simmer.
  • Dissolve custard powder in the water, and stir into simmering liquid. When it starts to thicken, remove from heat immediately. Leave to cool slightly and stir every few minutes.
  • Remove tart from fridge and arrange orange segments on top.
  • Pour cooled thickened liquid on tart and refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.
  • Serve straight from fridge.
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  1. Oooh, I love the sunshine in this tart!!!

  2. I just *love* old-fashioned fridge puds like this one. They taste like sunshine, don’t they? I can’t understand why they’ve fallen so far out of fashion. Thank you for sharing it. Lovely pics.

    1. Hi Jane! I don’t even care if they are in fashion or not, it just tastes deeeeelicious! I grew up with desserts like these. Just dreamy! So glad to hear you’re also a fan. 🙂

  3. It’s not summer here, but I think I’d make this just so it’d *feel* like Summer! Yum!

    1. I’t not summer here in SA either, but I made the tart earlier this week – no reason for sunny weather to still enjoy it!!

  4. This is the kind of yskastert my mom used to make – brings back happy summer memories! Love the bright, happy colour 🙂

    1. Yes, it’s a very 80’s kind of yskastert that all SA mom’s used to make. My mom still does, and it remains my total favourite! I think it tastes better when she makes it, though. 🙂

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