Brandy Tart Recipe

This Brandy tart recipe produces another old-time favorite South African food. It is also known as tipsy tart and is very yummy!

brandy tart recipe
brandy tart recipe

Brandy Tart Recipe

Brandy tart is a cake-like tart that contains pecans and dates, topped with a special syrup and Brandy.
Course Dessert
Cuisine South African


  • ½ lbs Dates
  • 1 tsp Bicorbonate of Soda
  • 1 cup Boiling water
  • ½ cup Butter or margarine
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2 cups Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Chopped pecan nuts


  • cup Sugar
  • tsp Butter
  • ¾ cup Water
  • 1 tsp Vanilla essence
  • 1 pinch Salt
  • ½ cup Brandy


  • Cut the dates into small pieces. Add the Bicarbonate of Soda and boiling water to half of the dates in a mixing bowl, stir and let it cool.
  • Beat the butter and the sugar together well until it’s creamy and then add the beaten eggs. Mix well.
  • Sieve the dry ingredients together en fold into the butter mixture.
  • Add the rest of the dry dates and nuts and after that, add the dates- and bicarb mixture. Mix well together.
  • Dish the mixture in a large ovenproof bake dish, or into two (2) tart/pie dishes with a diameter of 22 cm (9″) each.
  • Bake for 30 – 40 minutes in a medium oven at 350° F.
  • Pour the hot syrup over the tart when it comes out the oven.
  • Serve hot or cold with whipped cream.


  • Boil the first 3 ingredients together for 5 minutes while stirring.
  • Remove from heat en add the vanilla, salt and Brandy.
  • Stir well.

A great serving suggestion is to serve brandy tart with vanilla ice cream.

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