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Mar 22, 2024

Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart

This dragon fruit cheesecake tart is a tasty way to feature the refreshing flavor of dragon fruit in a bright and colorful cheesecake dessert.  

Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart pieces on two plates.

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #SpringSweetsWeek. I received product samples from sponsor companies to help in the creation of the week's recipes. All opinions are mine alone.

This cheesecake tart begins with a Graham cracker crust that is topped with a layer of vanilla bean cheesecake and a layer of dragon fruit custard. 

Topping a layer of cheesecake with a fruity and refreshing dragon fruit custard results in a tasty way to enjoy the flavors of this delicious tropical fruit. The layers really pair nicely together. 

Red dragon fruit, halved.

About Dragon Fruit:

Dragon fruit is a fruit that is native to Central America and Southern Mexico and now grown in tropical areas throughout the world. The interior flesh is usually bright pink or white and the outer skin can be red or yellow with green accents. 

It's actually a cactus fruit, and it's also known as pitaya. 

The flesh kind of reminds me of the flavor of a really juicy pear with a texture similar to watermelon. The little black seeds are totally edible. They are delicious in salads or just eaten with a spoon straight from the halved fruit. 

This dragon fruit was sent to me from Melissa's Produce, one of our Spring Sweets Week prize sponsors. 

Slice of Dragon Fruit Cheesecake with dessert sauce and vanilla paste in the background.

Additional Ingredients:

For the crust layer: You'll need Graham crackers, granulated sugar, and butter. 

For the cheesecake layer: Cream cheese, sugar, salt, eggs, and vanilla. For the vanilla, I used the wonderul vanilla bean paste from Taylor and Colledge, one or our prize sponsors. 

Vanilla bean paste is comprised of pure vanilla extract, some of the seeds from a vanilla bean, and a bit of sugar. You can use it to substitute for extract on a one to one basis. I love the little flecks of vanilla seeds in the paste. 

For the dragon fruit custard layer: Sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks, a pinch of salt, and dragon fruit puree. I also added two tablespoons of Melissa's Produce Raspberry Dessert Sauce. A tablespoon of raspberry jam would also work if you can't find the dessert sauce. 

I served this tart with additional slices of dragon fruit and a spritz of whipped cream. 

Bowl of red dragon fruit slices.

To Make this Tart:

You will need a 9 inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom

First, you process the Graham cracker crust ingredients together, press them into the tart pan, and then bake it by itself. 

Next, you mix together the cheesecake ingredients, pour them into the baked crust, and bake it for about 15 minutes. 

After that, you mix the dragon fruit layer ingredients together, pour them over the cheesecake, and bake the tart for an additional 20 minutes. 

Finally, chill the tart in the refrigerator for at least two hours before serving. 


I refrigerated the tart overnight and had a really hard time removing the tart from the pan, even with the removable bottom. Therefore, I recommend, after 2 hours of chilling, removing the tart from the pan and then sliding it back in. This step will make it easier to remove it later when you are ready to serve. 

two slices of Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart on plates.

Tips for Success:

When you are baking the tart with the final layer, bake it until the dragon fruit layer is still still jiggly in the center. It will set as it chills. 

You can make this tart a day in advance before serving. Leftovers will last for at least another two days. Be sure to store it in the refrigerator. 

More Cheesecakes You May Also Enjoy:

Traditional New York Style Cheesecake

Instant Pot Cheesecake

Biscoff Cheesecake

Egg Nog Cheesecake

Peanut Butter and Jelly Cheesecake

Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart slice on a small plate.

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Friday #SpringSweetsWeek Recipes:

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  • Blood Orange Creamsicle Pie from A Day in the Life on the Farm
  • Blood Orange Crinkle Cookies from Shockingly Delicious
  • Blood Orange Curd Tart from The Spiffy Cookie
  • Cardamom Bread from Art of Natural Living
  • Carrot Cake Cookies from Palatable Pastime
  • Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart from Karen's Kitchen Stories
  • Dragon Fruit Lassi from That Recipe
  • Dragon's Turf Smoothie Bowl from For the Love of Food
  • Fresh Fruit and Scone Breakfast Board from Hezzi-D's Recipe Box
  • Lavender Cardamom Mishti Doi from Magical Ingredients
  • Lavender Cupcakes with Almond Glaze from Our Good Life
  • Moist Meyer Lemon Loaf from A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures
  • Tangerine Cheesecake Pretzel Cups from Cindy's Recipes and Writings
  • Tangerine Olive Oil Cake from Jolene's Recipe Journal
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    Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart slices on two plates.

    Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart

    Dragon Fruit Cheesecake Tart
    Yield: 8 servings
    Author: Karen's Kitchen Stories
    Prep time: 1 HourCook time: 1 HourTotal time: 2 Hour
    This dragon fruit cheesecake tart is a tasty way to feature the bright and refreshing flesh of dragon fruit in a bright and colorful cheesecake dessert.


    For the Crust
    • 138 grams/5 ounces Graham crackers, about 9 rectangles/crackers
    • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
    • 73 grams (4 1/2 tablespoons) unsalted melted butter
    For the Vanilla Cheesecake
    • 4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1 large room temperature egg
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
    For the Dragon Fruit Layer
    • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
    • 4 large room temperature egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup dragon fruit puree (puree with a blender or a food processor)
    • 2 tablespoons raspberry dessert topping or raspberry jam
    • Pinch of salt


    To Prepare the Crust
    1. Heat your oven to 350 degrees F
    2. In the bowl of a food processor, process the crust ingredients and press them into a 9 inch tart pan with a removable bottom.
    3. Bake the crust for 12 minutes. Remove the crust from the oven and set aside.
    To Prepare the Vanilla Cheesecake Filling
    1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, with the whisk attachment, or with a hand mixer or by hand with a whisk, beat the cream cheese, sugar, and salt on medium high, until fluffy.
    2. Add the egg and the vanilla and beat until combined.
    3. Pour the mixture into the crust and bake in the heated oven for 15 minutes. Remove the tart from the oven and place the pan onto a baking sheet. Set aside.
    To Prepare the Dragon Fruit Layer
    1. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the condensed milk, egg yolks, dragon fruit puree, and salt. Pour the mixture over the cheesecake layer and transfer the baking sheet with the tart pan on top to the oven.
    3. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes, until the mixture is set but the center is slightly jiggly.
    4. Let cool completely and then refrigerate for at least two hours (or overnight) before slicing and serving.

    Nutrition Facts



    Fat (grams)

    21 g

    Sat. Fat (grams)

    12 g

    Carbs (grams)

    58 g

    Fiber (grams)

    1 g

    Net carbs

    57 g

    Sugar (grams)

    47 g

    Protein (grams)

    8 g

    Cholesterol (grams)

    166 mg
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    Would you like to comment?

    1. I particularly love when I want to make and eat all the individual components (the cheesecake, the dragon fruit custard layer) AND I want to make the whole finished dessert!

    2. That touch of raspberry with the dragon fruit sounds so good! I'm drooling over here!

    3. Great idea including the raspberry syrup with the dragonfruit. The color stayed beautifully.

      1. That was kind of my goal - to preserve the color!

    4. I love that you used the raspberry sauce with the dragon fruit layer. It just makes it all op with color even more. I was thinking this would be lovely to make for Easter dessert. I have a frozen plain cheesecake in the freezer and I can make the custard layer!

    5. Such a pretty tart and I love the dragon fruit color on top!

    6. I was so excited they sent the red dragonfruit this year, it's so striking. Great idea to combine it with the raspberry sauce. This is a magazine cover worthy dessert!

    7. The dragon fruit really puts this cheesecake over the top!

    8. I love this beautful dessert with layers. The addition of raspberry sauce to the drangonfruit layer is a great idea.

    9. I can't get over how much that cheesecake tart looks like the colors and layers of the dragon fruit! It looks so pretty and creamy good.


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