Butter Tarts Recipe

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Butter tarts are a traditional Canadian (and Scottish) dessert.

Estimated Prep Time: 25 minutes

Estimated Cooking Time: 25 minutes Cooking at: 375 F / 190 C / Gas Mark 5



Melt the butter in a microwave or in a pot on the stove until just melted. Set aside to cool for a few minutes.

Start heating your oven.

Prepare your pastry, and line the tart tins with the pastry.

Beat the eggs in a large bowl.

Now, mix in the sugar into the eggs, then the melted butter. Stir in the vinegar, then the fruit and nuts.

Fill each lined tart cup half full with the mixture (small sized tarts, for instance, will want just about a tablespoon in each one.)

Bake on middle shelf. Allow about 25 minutes for small tarts, 30 minutes for large tarts.

Remove from oven, let cool a bit, then remove and put on rack.

Recipe notes

You can make 3 dozen small tarts, 2 dozen medium or 1 dozen quite large. If you are making small tarts, allow for the same amount of pastry as you would for a top and bottom crust on a pie.

You can use any mixed fruit: you can even use just raisins and sultanas mixed together.

If measuring brown sugar by cup (North American measurements), loosely pack it.

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  • Butter Tarts
    Butter Tarts, as made in Canada, are tarts made with melted butter, brown sugar, egg, walnuts, and white vinegar. The mixture is spooned into tart shells and baked.
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