Stovetop Cheese Tart

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September 8, 2018

Stovetop Cheese Tart on plateA ThriftyFun reader had asked what they could do if they did not have a tart pan in order to make a tart recipe I had posted here. It made me think about other ways to make a tart, when there is no tart pan, or maybe not even having the use of an oven. This is my recipe on how to make a cheese tart in a pan on the stovetop. It's how my grandma used to make such desserts before she got her first oven installed. This is a cross between a standard tart and a cheesecake. I hope you give this a try. It's pretty fun!


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes, plus cool time


  • 4 Tbsp butter, softened
  • 3 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese, softened
  • 3 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 100ml whipping cream
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
Stovetop Cheese Tart


  1. Cream the butter and 3 tablespoons of sugar together in a bowl.
  2. creaming butter and sugar
  3. Add egg and mix well.
  4. adding egg to batter
  5. Sift the flour into the egg mixture. Stir well.
  6. adding flour to batter

  7. Keep stirring until mixture is grainy.
  8. crust dough in bowl
  9. Now pick it up and knead it in your hands until a dough is formed.
  10. crust crust dough in bowl
  11. Press the dough into a greased 8 or 9 inch frying pan.
  12. pressing crust dough in pan
  13. Prick the dough all over with a fork. Set aside.
  14. forking crust dough
  15. Mix cream cheese and 3 tablespoons of sugar together.
  16. mixing cream cheese and sugar

  17. Stir in the whipping cream.
  18. adding cream to filling
  19. Add the egg, lemon juice, and vanilla extract.
  20. adding egg to filling
  21. Add the 2 tablespoons of flour and stir until combined.
  22. adding flour to filling
  23. Pour the cream cheese filling into the crust.
  24. pouring filling in crust
  25. Cover and cook on very low heat for about 30 minutes.
  26. covered Cheese Tart

  27. Keep a cold, wet towel near the pan and rest the pan on it every 5 to 10 minutes to make sure the crust does not burn.
  28. covered Cheese Tart on towel
  29. Cool completely, then keep in the fridge for at least an hour to chill.
  30. finished Stovetop Cheese Tart
  31. When chilled, tart will lift right off the pan. Slice and serve.
  32. finished Stovetop Cheese Tart with fruit on top
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