South African Traditional Fridge Tart


South African traditional lemon Fridge Tart (Yskas Tert)

"No bake, no crust, fast and easy" Fridge Tart is an old SA favorite that many of us grew up with. It keeps for quite a while in the fridge under a lid or 'cling film' but normally will not go too long before it's all gone!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 35 minutes
Refrigirate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine South Africa
Servings 8 people


  • 1 Mixing bowl min 1 lt to mix condensed milk with lemon juice
  • 1 Saucepan min 1 lt to make custard on the stove
  • 1 Tart tray 20 / 30 cm pref. glass for better presentation


  • 375 ml sweetened condensed milk full cream
  • 500 ml custard full cream
  • 200 g tennis biscuits coconut biscuit made with butter
  • 40 ml lemon juice mix to taste


  • Place condensed milk in a mixing bowl and add lemon juice 5ml at a time while mixing thoroughly. Taste after every 5ml and add to suit your taste. Lemon juice will curdle the condensed milk and it will finally turn lighter in colour and change the texture. Be sure to end with a fairly tart (tangy) mixture to offset the sweetness of the custard. Must be pleasant to eat on it's own though -- Put aside but do not refrigerate.
  • Make approximately 500 ml of Custard.
  • Place one layer of Tennis biscuits on the bottom of a 20 x 30 glass or ceramic fridge/oven dish. Spread a layer of Custard (approximately 1cm) over the biscuits without disturbing them but covering them. Place another layer of biscuits over the custard. Now spread a layer of the lemony condensed milk over the biscuits (approximately 5-6 mm). Repeat until you run out of ingredients or you reach the top of the dish.
  • Leave one biscuit for the end to crush and sprinkle over the top. You can decorate the top with other sprinkles but biscuit crumbles are the original. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours but cover with tin foil to keep fridge flavours out. Cut in square portions and serve.
  • This is the original South African Lemon Fridge Tart!
Keyword fridge tart, no bake, south africa


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2 thoughts on “South African Traditional Fridge Tart

  1. 5 stars
    Ate this as a child but never made it… Good recipe and works perfectly. A great dessert, especially after a Braai.

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