Quick & easy South African dessert – Cremora Tart


To follow is a recipe for a rather well-known South African dessert. It is so easy to make and a perfect way to end a nice braai! Most people look at me strangely when I say that the main ingredient of this little gem is coffee creamer/whitener…then they taste it and apologise for being rude about my South African pudding!

The name is derived from the name of a coffee creamer (Cremora) available in South Africa and made by Nestle. I have searched high and low in Australia and cannot find it. What does work (but is just doesn’t taste the same as what I am used to) is Coffee Mate. So you Aussies out their (myself included) will have to settle for that, unless you buy some of the good stuff from a South African store (of which their are many all over Australia).


The second “missing ingredient” is the famous “Tennis Biscuit”! Tennis biscuits are a kind of staple recipe ingredient in South Africa and I miss them so much. I cannot find an Australian substitute for these coconut wonders, but have been forced to use either Arnotts Coconut Delights or Nice Biscuits (or a combination of the two).



Cremora Tart


250g Coffee Mate (If you are lucky enough to get your hands on Cremora, use that!)

1 tin Condensed Milk

½ cup Lemon Juice

1 cup Boiling Water

1 pkt Nice Biscuits (Tennis Biscuits, in South Africa), crushed

3 tbs butter (more if required), melted


Mix Coffee Mate / Cremora with boiling water until dissolved

Place this mixture in the fridge for about 2 hours (I only chill it for about a half-hour)

Take out of fridge & beat until thick

Add condensed milk & lemon juice to thickened mixture. Mix well with electric mixer

Mix the crushed biscuits with the melted butter (add more butter is required)

Line a dish with the buttered crushed biscuits

Refrigerate until set (best the day after!)

Strawberry Cremora Tart

For a strawberry variation (you can use any tinned fruit. Pineapple is another firm favourite!):


1 tin Strawberries (save juice for topping)

1 tsp cornstarch (Maizena in South Africa)


Separate the strawberries from the juice

Mix the strawberries in with the condensed milk and Coffee Mate mixture just before pouring it onto the biscuit layer

Add cornstarch to the strawberry juice & boil until mixture is clear

Once cool pour over tart


**Afrikaans version of the recipe is here.

This pudding is easily doubled (I made it for Michael’s massive family over Christmas and there was still some left over!!). I made the strawberry version and sprinkled some shaved white chocolate on the top and everyone really enjoyed it.

So please give it a go and let me know what you think!


  1. MUMSIE, 8. April 2007, 1:35

    Ek hou van KEES!!!!!!! So ‘n “boere meisie” I will certainly try the ones I have not made before. KEEP GOING CHEF!!!!!!

  2. Debby, 30. October 2007, 15:13

    Hi there,
    I am an ex-school teacher who is now catering for my husband’s national and international students. Being able to get help from you with good SA recipes is an absolute God-send!!!!!

  3. ju, 14. February 2008, 5:54

    i want to eat this but i dont think the coffee creamer is the same here in FRANCE
    looks very leeekkkkkkeeee

  4. yvonne, 28. April 2009, 12:24

    Hi Sam, just reading your recipe “cremora”, have you tried griffins crispie biscuits, not sure if they would be close but they have a great coconut taste. Keep up the great site!

  5. Angela, 28. July 2009, 23:09

    Hi Sam

    Just got back from a trip to SA ( I am a Saffa now living in The Netherlands) and am armed with tennis biscuits and the BIGGEST box of Cremora I could get my hands on! Anyway…got back and couldn’t find my cremora tart recipe…AAARRRGGGHHHHH!

    Thanks for this, it is exactly the same as mine, going to enjoy this tomorrow after our braai!

  6. Paula, 10. October 2009, 4:13

    Johannesburg-SA Just got home from Pick’nPay (Pick’nPray!) with all my goodies to make a traditional Cremora tart for a braai tomorrow, and gues what couldn’t find the recipe. Logged online and found yours! I forgot to buy the condensed milk! Eina….
    Will have to go find a 7 Eleven.
    Thanks for the recipe

  7. Jackie, 2. February 2010, 1:31

    I currently work in Saudi Arabia and wanted to make something for my friends that reminds me of home (South Africa). I do not have the recipe with me so imagine my “wow” when I found this one. It’s a winner! Thank you so-o-o-o-o much!


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