Recipe

Strawberry and chocolate no-bake tart

For a sweet and sophisticated summer dessert, look no further than this strawberry and chocolate no-bake tart. Best served chilled with a generous dash of strawberry puree on the side.

By Sophie Gray
  • 45 mins preparation
  • Serves 8
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Ingredients

  • 2 packets cream-filled chocolate biscuits
  • 125 gram butter, melted, plus 1 tablespoon, extra
  • 2/3 cup icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cornflour
  • 500 gram strawberries, hulled, halved
  • 150 gram white chocolate
  • 250 gram cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon freeze-dried strawberry powder (optional)
  • 70 gram dark chocolate
  • edible balls, to decorate (optional)

Method

  • 1
    Lightly grease a 10cm x 35cm rectangular loose bottom tart tin. Place biscuits into a food processor and blend until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Pour in 125g melted butter and pulse to combine. Press mixture into prepared pan and chill.
  • 2
    Combine the icing sugar with the cornflour. Process 2 tablespoons of this icing sugar mix with half the strawberries until smooth. Pass through a sieve to remove seeds.
  • 3
    Melt the white chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water.
  • 4
    With a mixer or processor, beat cream cheese and remaining icing sugar and cornflour until smooth. Add melted white chocolate, 2 tablespoons of strawberry purée and dried strawberry powder. Mix well. Spread mixture into prepared pan and chill for 2-3 hours until cold, or leave overnight in the fridge.
  • 5
    When the filling is cool, melt the dark chocolate and the extra 1 tablespoon of butter together in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Stir until smooth and spread over the top of the tart. Chill for 20 minutes or until set. Decorate with remaining strawberries and edible balls, if using. Serve in slices with remaining strawberry purée on the side.

Notes

• The freeze-dried strawberry powder adds a pretty pinkness – you could also use a few drops of pink food colouring. • For more texture, add a few coarsely chopped strawberries into the filling before spreading it onto the crust. • You can omit the chocolate topping and top with the strawberry sauce thickened with some arrowroot or cornflour, if preferred.