A Versatile Lemony Cheesecake Tart with Gooseberry topping

OK, so this was the best description I could write for this recipe:  A Lemony Gooseberry Cheesecake / or Tart / or Fridge tart (yskastert) …  🙂  The idea with this very delicious recipe is to play around, add fruit you love, etc., but we are going to give you the basic recipe and then some options. 

So keep reading to the end.

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  • No Bake – But delicious  (No oven needed)
  • Easy to make (even for beginners)
  • Reviews:  We received great reviews – Everyone loved it.
  • Made with:  Lemons and Cape Gooseberries
The crust

Tip:  You can use this crust for almost any fridge tart you ever need to make.

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Ingredients for the crust:

  • 200 g Coconut biscuits or Digestive biscuits (finely crushed)
  • 60 ml Butter (melted)


To make the crust is easy:

  • Mix the biscuit crumbs with the butter and press into the base of a 23 cm dish.  (That’s it.)


Tip:  You can use margarine if you don’t have butter, but then use low-fat margarine.


Tip:  The filling is actually a basic lemon-flavored filling, so you can easily turn this into a “lemon tart/cheesecake” by just changing your choice of topping.

See why I’m calling it my Lemony Cheesecake Tart with Gooseberry topping?  🙂

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For the filling:

  • 80 g Lemon jelly
  • 250 ml Boiling water
  • 500 g (2x 250g tubs) of smooth cottage cheese
  • 125 ml Castor sugar
  • The juice of 2 lemons
  • 250 ml Fresh cream


To make the filling:

  • Dissolve the jelly in the hot water and allow it to cool to room temperature.   (Don’t let it set.)
  • Mix the cottage cheese, castor sugar, and lemon juice together until well combined.
  • Slowly add the cooled jelly while still mixing.
  • Whip the cream until it forms soft peaks and then gently fold it into the cheese mixture.
  • Pour the mixture into the crust and cool until firm.

Now your tart/cheesecake is all done, and the fun of decorating can start.

Here you have options.  You can decorate it with just gooseberries, or gooseberries combined with other berries that you love, like raspberries.  Or you can decorate with lemons.  Actually it is all up to your imagination and taste buts.

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Option 1: (Preferred Option)

Make a gooseberry topping with:

  • Fresh gooseberries
  • 3 ml gelatin
  • 125 ml white grape juice

To make the topping:

  • Arrange the gooseberries on top of the tart so that the whole tart is covered.
  • Dissolve the gelatin in a bit of the grape juice and then gently heat until melted.
  • Gradually add the rest of the grape juice.
  • Pour over the filling and cool until firm.


Option 2:

  • Just decorate the tart with a mix of fresh berries and dust with some castor sugar. 
  • Top it off with a few mint leaves as decoration.


(Tip:  Cut with a very sharp knife.)

For my Lemony Cheesecake Tart with Gooseberry topping, I used bright yellow Cape Gooseberries.


“Physalis peruviana, is a South American plant native to Colombia, Ecuador and Peru in the nightshade family, commonly known as Cape gooseberry or goldenberry.” – Wikipedia

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