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Peppermint Crisp Tart

A Peppermint Crisp Tart is an incredibly rich, flavoursome, and refreshing tart, bad for strict diets, but well-loved by generations of South Africans. It use typical South African ingredients that may be hard to find outside South Africa, but this recipe has been adapted with alternative ingredients.

Ingredients

These are the South African ingredients. For ingredients that are available in New Zealand supermarkets, please refer to the notes about ingredients below.

  • 2 x 200 gram packets of Tennis biscuits
  • 2 x Orley Whip non-dairy whip
  • 2 x 397gram tins caramelised condensed milk
  • 4 x 49 gram bars of Nestle Peppermint Crisp Chocolate, grated but not too finely.

Method

  1. Whip the Orley Whip or cream until firm.
  2. Add caramel condensed milk and half the grated chocolate and stir in gently. Do not beat it again, as this will cause the cream to become runny and prevent it from setting properly.
  3. Layer biscuits in large rectangular dish (300 mm x 200 mm x 800 mm deep) and spread half of the mixture over the biscuit layer.
  4. Sprinkle with grated chocolate, reserve enough chocolate for the final topping. The chocolate should not be grated too finely: chunky bits of Peppermint Crisp will make it look even more appetizing.
  5. Repeat with a second layer of biscuit and caramel mixture, and top with the remaining grated chocolate.
  6. Refrigerate for at least 6 hours to allow the ingredients to chill and set.

Notes about the ingredients

Orley Whip: substitute with two 284 gram tins of chilled "Reduced Cream", or simply 500 ml to 600 ml whipped full cream. Note that if you use fresh cream, the tart will not last as long in the fridge.

Try Elmlea half-dairy cream if you live in the UK, or Cool Whip if you live in the USA.

Peppermint Crisp: this is a South African chocolate, manufactured by Nestle South-Africa. It's crisp mint cracknel coated in milk chocolate makes it a unique ingredient, and omitting it will not do the Peppermint Crisp Tart justice.

Peppermint Crisp chocolates are usually available on the South African shelf in the International section of larger supermarkets. Shops that sell South African products should also have them in stock. They are fairly pricey, so you may want to halve the recipe and use less Peppermint Crisp chocolate.

Tennis biscuits: These are thin square coconut biscuits, made by by Bakers South-Africa. If Tennis biscuits are unavailable, substitute it with Krispies Coconut
biscuits made by Griffin's or Malt O Milk biscuits made by Arnotts. If you use Krispies biscuits, you'll have to break some of them to fill the gaps between the rounded biscuits when you layer them.

Caramelised condensed milk: To make the caramelised condensed milk, place the unopened cans in a saucepan filled with boiling water and simmer for three hours. Warning: Allow to cool completely before opening the tin.

Many ways to make a peppermint crisp tart

Don't despair if you can't find the exact ingredients called for in this recipe. There are many ways to make a peppermint crisp tart, and you can make a decent one by substituting. (See our notes about ingredients below.)

Tessa Kiros, who wrote the beautiful books Falling Cloudberries and Apples for Jam, makes her "Peppermint Crisp Pie" with a digestive biscuit crust, a layer of caramel condensed milk, a layer of whipped cream, and finish it off with grated peppermint crisp chocolate. Simplicity itself, but just as incredible as the traditional version. You will find her complete recipe in Apples for Jam.

Read more about Falling Cloudberries and Apples for Jam.