Cheesecake Tart with Caramelised Figs

Cheesecake Tart with Caramelised Figs

Beautiful mounds of purple and green jewels, piled up high in their punnet chests, was the scene that greeted me when I entered my local Whole Foods the other day. It literally took my breath away when I saw all those gorgeous figs cascading down the display.

I had, however, already bought my figs, made and devoured this tart but the figs have been gorgeous and plentiful this year. Most years I am lucky to get a glimpse let alone actually buy some. This year I’ve bought nice, big packages thanks to Costco.

Cheesecake tart with caramelised figs

Usually in our house, the figs are gobbled up fresh without any fuss. This time when I saw the purple hued gems at Costco, I knew I wanted to do something more with them.

A tart seemed the perfect vessel for these juicy morsels, but not just a plain tart, a cheesecake tart with a ginger snap crust (if you don’t like ginger snaps you can use graham crackers or shortbread for a milder cheesecake base)

To make life simpler for myself and also, to not overpower the figs with too much cheesecake-y goodness, I chose to do a simple no bake cheesecake as a base and have caramelised figs as the star topping.

Cheesecake Tart with caramelised figs

The Cheesecake Tart with Caramelised Figs turned out really nice and light, with a subtle cheesecake flavour, intense caramelised figs and a buttery, sweet toffee sauce. You don’t need the toffee sauce, but the cheesecake is not very sweet so this adds some sweetness and an extra level of caramel flavour (and besides, who doesn’t love toffee sauce?)

It’s an easy dessert to make but needs time chilling for the no bake cheesecake to set. Of course, it doesn’t do well sitting out in a warm room so keep it chilled.

Cheesecake Tart with Caramelised Figs

Cheesecake Tart with Caramelised Figs

Serves: 8 slices

A no bake cheesecake tart topped with caramelised figs, a ginger cookie crust and a side of toffee sauce.
  • 38 cookies or 229g ginger snap cookies
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons/57g butter, melted
  • 6oz/175g cream cheese
  • 4 tbs powdered sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ¾ cup /200mL, heavy cream
  • 13-15 figs, sliced in half
  • 4 tablespoons/57g butter
  • 4 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ½ cup/118mL heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. In a food processor, break up the ginger snap cookies into fine crumbs.
  2. Add the sugar.
  3. Tip out into a bowl and add the melted butter.
  4. Press into a 11"/28cm removable bottom tart pan.
  5. Place in the fridge to chill and set, about 30 minutes.
  6. While crust is setting, make the filling.
  7. Wipe out the food processor bowl and add the cream cheese.
  8. Pulse the processor to soften the cream cheese.
  9. Add the lemon juice and the powdered sugar.
  10. In a mixer bowl or using a hand mixer, whip the heavy cream until soft but firm peaks form.
  11. Fold the cream cheese mixture into the heavy cream.
  12. Make sure all the cream cheese is mixed into the whipped cream.
  13. Spread the mixture into the chilled and set cookie crust.
  14. Spread the mixture evenly. smoothing out the top with a spatula or knife.
  15. Place in the fridge to chill.
  16. Meanwhile, melt the butter in an oven proof fry pan/skillet.
  17. Add the brown sugar and allow it to melt.
  18. Add the figs carefully, cut side up, arranging them in a single layer.
  19. Sprinkle some brown sugar and cinnamon over the top of each one.
  20. Turn on the oven broiler/grill and place the pan under the broiler to get some colour on the figs.
  21. You want a little caramelisation but be careful not too burn the sugar and butter in the pan.
  22. Once you see the sugar has melted on the figs and they have a little colour on them, remove from the oven.
  23. Remove the figs carefully on to a plate, leaving the sauce behind in the pan.
  24. Allow the figs to cool while you make the toffee sauce.
  25. Bring the butter and brown sugar to a bubble, and then carefully add the heavy cream.
  26. Whisk to smooth out the toffee sauce, allowing to thicken a bit.
  27. If its too thick add a bit more cream, too thin; allow to simmer a bit longer.
  28. Pour into a pitcher and set aside.
  29. Once the figs are cool and the cheesecake has set, arrange the figs on the tart pouring the accumulated juices on top.
  30. Serve with the toffee sauce on the side.
  31. Refrigerate leftovers, you may need to heat up the toffee sauce a bit to get it pourable again.
If you don't like the ginger snap crust then you can use a milder cookie base, or a plain Digestive biscuit base. The ginger cookie crust does give a strong ginger flavour.

Cheesecake Tart with Caramelised Figs

cheesecake tart with caramelised figs

Hope you’re all having a great week. It’s almost back to routine here with sleeping schedules returning to normal, class schedules, books and back packs have come out of hibernation, and lunch requests are pouring in. I am looking forward to a peaceful house this week :) What are y’all up to?


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Indian by ancestry, American by motherhood and British by choice, I live in beautiful Colorado with my husband and four kids and, I love coffee...all kinds of coffee.


  1. September 8, 2013

    Omg Nazneen – I see a lot of recipes but I must admit that it’s not that often that I see something that makes me feel like “I have to make this now!”. This is one of those things. Looks and sounds incredibly good! I’ve pinned it, and will share it on my Facebook page too because this is something I want to make, and soon! Next weekend I think – thanks so much for sharing!
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    • Nazneen
      September 10, 2013

      Thanks so much Charles. That made my day!!

    • Nazneen
      September 10, 2013

      Thanks Karen! Lucky you to have a fig tree!

  2. August 24, 2013

    Hi Nazneen,
    The tart looks gorgeous! Love that it is a no bake. Figs are one of my favorite fruit and I can only imagine how yum this must be.
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    • Nazneen
      August 26, 2013

      Thank you Asmita! It turned really well, and I was happy with the result. Definitely helped being no bake!

  3. August 24, 2013

    I am always looking for quick and easy recipes such as your dish here. But I don’t think is going to be easy for me…

    • Nazneen
      August 26, 2013

      Thanks cquek, I hope you can make it!

  4. August 23, 2013

    This is absolutely amazing. I eat figs just like any other fruits but never used them in a dessert. Love the fact that this is no bake.

    • Nazneen
      August 26, 2013

      Thanks Balvinder! It makes it pretty easy being no bake!

  5. What a gorgeous tart and beautiful photos! I’ve had difficulty finding fresh figs here, our are always overripe and “squishy”. If I find some I’ll be back to try this.. with the sauce:)
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    • Nazneen
      August 26, 2013

      Thanks Barbara! I was lucky to get really good figs twice! I jumped on them! Thank you for stopping by!

  6. August 22, 2013

    Nazeen this is such a gorgeous tart! I am so glad that costco inspired you. Beautiful topping and photos that leave me drooling. My boys have started school and the lunch requests are pouring in too. Lets touch base later regarding some fun ideas that are portable into school. I need some inspiration. Take Care, BAM
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    • Nazneen
      August 26, 2013

      Thanks Bam. School lunches are so hard, they start off inspired and. Interesting but end up as pb sandwiches and some fruit!

    • Nazneen
      August 26, 2013

      Thank you Kumar!

  7. August 22, 2013

    All my favourite things in one recipe! Those caramelised figs are glistening with deliciousness on the white cheesecake tart. Love this recipe and the pictures are fabulous too.

    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Sonali! It came out quite delicious I think! I love figs too and who doesn’t love cheesecake and toffee sauce?!

  8. August 22, 2013

    That’s a gorgeous dessert. We have a fig tart recipe from the LA Times that’s wonderful, but very complex and decadent. This looks way simpler and just as delicious.
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    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Greg! Thanks for stopping by!

    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thank you Kiran! It was quite nice together.

    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Minnie! I have my moments :)

  9. August 21, 2013

    Figs pair with cheesecake so well. This looks totally gorgeous! I love the look of the caramelized figs. Terrific dish – thanks so much.
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    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks John! It turned out better than I expected. Figs are so delicious.

  10. August 21, 2013

    Oooh I feel so much like a nice juicy fig now – so delicious 😀
    What a delicious cheesecake idea!

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    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Uru! Welcome back my friend. Hope your exams went well. xx

    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Asha! I love toffee sauce and find excuses to use it :)

    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Dixya! I like no bake desserts too!

  11. August 21, 2013

    This tart looks absolutely decadent with those caramelised figs and toffee sauce, Nazneen. Making a full-sized cheesecake would have been too much, I think. Making a tart though, with a ginger snap crust is just right. The fact that it’s no-bake makes it all the better. This is a great recipe and thanks for sharing it with us.
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    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      I would’ve loved to have made this in individual tarts, John but I don’t have false bottom little tart pans. It would be hard to remove a crumbly tart from a solid pan. I agree with the whole cheesecake idea and that’s why I went a tart route. Less cheese and not so rich. Thanks John!

  12. August 21, 2013

    This looks absolutely delicious!
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    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Mimi!

  13. August 21, 2013

    Great looking tart Nazneen, I often buy figs and bake them but never really get much further than that. This looks like the perfect way to use the figs that are just starting to appear in the shops again. School doesn’t start for another two and a half weeks and university until October so it’s still full on chez Glam. GG
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    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks GG. I usually don’t even bake them! Pop em straight in my mouth! They are so good when they are fresh and in season, so sweet. This time, I decided to do something with them. It turned out quite well!

  14. August 20, 2013

    This is a beautiful fig tart, Nazneen. I love how the base is made with ginger biscuits. This would go so well with the figs. It looks very pretty xx
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    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thank you Charlie! The ginger snaps did go well quite well, but they were strong ( might just be the kind I bought) if you don’t like the ginger flavour then it would be a problem. I personally love ginger snaps.

    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Denise! It turned out quite well :)

  15. August 20, 2013

    Would you believe what drew me to read this post was “figs”? It just so happens I bought a basket two days ago! I would never have thought to add them to a cheesecake. These photos, have not only made me drool, but also inspired me to try my hand at this delicious concoction! :)
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    • Nazneen
      August 22, 2013

      Thanks Bella for our lovely comment! Thank you for stopping by!

  16. Andrea Butler
    August 20, 2013

    Sounds divine, and figs are my favourite! A quick question, I live in Australia, could I substitute castor sugar for the powdered sugar?

    • Nazneen
      August 20, 2013

      Hi Andrea! Thanks for commenting! Caster sugar should be no problem or if you have icing sugar or confectioners sugar, it’s so difficult to keep up with all the different terms! I used icon sugar KT because its really fine and dissolves easily into the cream cheese. But caster sugar is fine enough and it should work just fine! Thanks Andrea!

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