Baked Cheese Tarts

If you’ve ever tried baked cheese tarts from Japan, you’ll know just how addictive these tarts are. Sweet and salty, crunchy and creamy, all in one comforting bite. This recipe uses a delicate pâte sablé (sweet crust pastry) for a buttery tart shell that is the perfect vessel for the cheese custard filling that is a blend of 3 cheeses. These tarts are best enjoyed warm, moments after they are out of the oven, while the filling is still slightly molten on the inside!

p.s. Looking for a chocolate version of these tarts? Check out our Chocolate Cheese Tarts recipe!

(Yields 12 tarts)

Tart shell:
240g flour
100g icing sugar
200g butter, cold
2 egg yolks

Cheese Filling:
250g cream cheese
150g mascarpone cheese
40g parmesan cheese
80g salted butter
200ml fresh milk
100g icing sugar, sifted
2 eggs
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

1 egg yolk to brush on top of filling



  1. Sift flour and icing sugar together.
  2. Cut butter into small pieces, then rub butter into flour mixture with fingertips until butter is well distributed.
  3. Form a small well in the middle of the mixture, add egg yolks into the center and knead mixture until it comes together as a dough.
  4. Cling-wrap the dough and chill in refrigerator until firm.
  5. Roll dough out to 4mm thickness, then cut out circles with a 4” round cutter
  6. Line tart moulds with pastry circles, then prick pastry bottoms and blind bake in preheated oven at 180oC/350oF for 12-15 minutes
  7. Remove tart shells from oven, discard blind baking beans and cool.
  8. Put milk, cream cheese, mascarpone cheese, and parmesan cheese in a pot and stir over low heat until cheeses melt.
  9. Remove from heat, whisk in butter, eggs and icing sugar, then return pot to stove and continue stirring over low heat until mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
  10. Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  11. Cool cheese mixture in an ice-bath.
  12. When cool, fill piping bag with cheese mixture and pipe into cooled tart shells.
  13. Gently brush beaten egg yolk over cheese filling and then bake at 200oC/400oF for 8-10 min until the surface of the filling forms a skin.
  14. Cool slightly and enjoy warm!


32 thoughts on “Baked Cheese Tarts”

    • Yes you can, you will still have to blind bake the tart shells first before baking it again with the filling

  • Hi, I tried out the recipe today and the tart was amazing but my cheese filling seemed to have split after the final bake. 😩😩😩😩

    I kind of notice it being a little lumpy to begin with already when I whisked in the butter, egg and icing sugar stage.

    Could you advise an approximate time on how long should I whisk for starting from whisking in butter, eggs and icing sugar?

    Thank you

    • Hi, thanks for trying out the recipe and sorry to hear about the filling splitting. From what you described, either the cheese filling was melted over too high heat or too long which caused the cheeses to split; or the cheese filing was too hot when you whisked in the eggs and the eggs actually got scrambled instead of being incorporated smoothly. Did you try to sieve the mixture before cooling it down? Sometimes that helps. But I would advise the next time you try it, make sure you use low heat when melting the cheeses and once there are no lumps, remove from heat and quickly stir in the butter, icing sugar and eggs. Hope this helps!

  • Yes, I did whisk but yeah i thought it did look a little eggy-ish. I’ll try to lower the hear further the next time. Thank you for replying😄😄😄

  • Hi.. i tried to cook the final stage of cheese with sugar abd eggs abd butter low heat but while i was waiting for it to become thicken, it cuddled up!😣
    Pls advice

    • Did you keep stirring? You have to use very low heat and keep stirring continuously so that it won’t curdle. U can try to remove it earlier next time.

    • It’s very hard to go by timing cos it will differ if your stove is hotter/cooler and if the cheese you use might be more/less watery. You want to stir it until the thickness is something like a cream soup. The most reliable way to test is to dip the back of the spoon into the mixture and if you draw a line across with your finger and it stays.

    • This tart crust (pâte sablée) is very buttery and supposed to crumble in your mouth, but you should be able to pick it up with your hands without it breaking. If you like a harder crust with a bite then you can try reducing the amount of butter or adding more flour.

  • Hi, thank you sharng this recipe. Do you have a recipe for the Pablo cheese tart? Do you know what the yellow topping they brush on top?

    • Hi, you mean the tart crust became soggy? You may need to blind bake it longer to dry it out more before adding the filling. Hope this helps!

  • We recently went to Japan and ate Pablo Cheese tarts. I was craving and saw your video on Youtube. Baked these yesterday and it was sooo good! I’m going to try the chocolate one today. 🙂

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