Kiwis are one of my favourite fruits. Ever since I was a kid, I have jumped at any chance to eat the fruit. It was never easily available and was also quite expensive, so literally any chance to eat it would be great. I’ve been known to pile my plate with just Kiwis (and maybe some cake) at hotel buffets. Many times. Mostly though, I used to eat them when my mom bought them as a treat or when we got to eat some fruit tarts on special occasions. This kiwi tart is super easy to make and a great way to get some yummy Kiwis into your meal.
Kiwis are tangy, juicy and so delicious! They are also a great source of vitamin C, something we all need a lot of. Especially nowadays.
The base is made with digestive biscuits and butter primarily, no fuss no drama. They add a nice crunchy, buttery goodness to every bite of the tart.
It just needs to set in the fridge for 2-3 hours and then you can plop in the filling. The cream cheese filling is easy to make and can be adjusted to be as sweet (or not) as you like. I don’t like very sweet desserts so I kept the sugar minimal, but you can scale it up as you prefer. Since the biscuits are a tad salty, Kiwis are tart, cream cheese is tart, the sweetness and creaminess helps to balance it all beautifully.
Now all you need to do is top this up with those fresh Kiwis. It’s important to cut them uniformly to get a nice base to filling to fruit ratio in each bite. Since my chopping skills are most definitely not best suited to such neatness, I asked my friend A to help out. He’s great at this stuff and sure enough, I had beautiful slices of kiwi to layer on the tart.
How pretty is that!
Back it goes in the fridge for 2-3 hours (or overnight). This is important for the tart to set and make it easier to slice. I highly recommend using a pie tin with a removable base so that you can easily lift this tart out of the tin and then gently slide it on to a plate. It will need some fervent finger crossing when you are wiggling the knife around the edges and base, hoping it doens’t break. But stay calm and let it happen.
Once you have removed the base, lightly pry the biscuit base loose from the tin and gently slide onto your serving plate.
You can dust a little sugar over the top or just leave it as is. Slice and serve immediately or keep in the fridge till ready to serve.
This really takes me back to thise special moments where we got to eat fruit tarts and feel very posh in life 🙂
The tart is super easy to make and can be adjusted to suit your palate, thus making it a dessert you are definitely going to love!
Make this and let me know if you’re also on team Kiwi! And team easy desserts! 🙂
No Bake Kiwi Tart
12 digestive biscuits
100g butter – room temperature
2 tbsp powdered sugar
1/4 tsp salt
250g cream cheese – room temperature
4 tbsp milk – room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp lemon zest
6-10 tbsp powdered sugar (to taste)
3 Kiwis – thinly sliced
Powdered Sugar for dusting on top
- Pulse the biscuits, butter,sugar and salt in a food processor till you get a sandy crumb
- Press the crumb into an 8 inch pie tin (preferably one with a removable base) and pat it with your hands to get a base of uniform thickness (couple of mm). Also pat some of the crumb up the sides of the tin. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours
- Once the base is ready (after 2-3 hours in the fridge), get on to making the filling. Whisk the cream cheese for 1-2 minutes till it’s becomes light and fluffy
- Mix in the milk, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Add sugar in installments till it tastes as sweet as you would like. I used 6 tbsps, but you could go up to 10 tbsp as well. Mix it all in till combined
- Spoon the filling onto the cooled tart base and spread out evenly
- Place the sliced Kiwis in concentric circles and then place the tart back in the fridge for 3 hours (or overnight)
- Once it is set, dust some sugar over the top (if you like)
- If you have a tin with removable base, do that before serving. Gently run a knife around the edges and the base to loosen the biscuit tart and then slide it on to a serving tray. Slice and serve!