Wildly popular in Canada, this traditional dessert, called a butter tart, is slowing but surely making its presence known down here in the good ‘ole US of A. Picture a mini pecan pie without the pecans. Now imagine adding raisins and or walnuts. That is a classic butter tart and this recipe will show you why Canadians love them.
Wikipedia tells us:
A butter tart is a type of small pastry tart highly regarded in Canadian cuisine and considered one of Canada’s quintessential desserts. The tart consists of butter, sugar, syrup, and egg filled into a flaky pastry and baked until the filling is semi-solid with a crunchy top. The butter tart should not be confused with butter pie (a savory pie from the Preston area of Lancashire, England) or with bread and butter pudding.
Classic butter tart recipe
- Refrigerated pie crust
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup soft butter
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 pinch salt
- 1/2 cup corn syrup
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
- Prepare muffin pans by fitting dough circles into muffin cups; set aside in fridge until ready to fill.
- In a small bowl, place raisins and cover with hot tap water; let stand on the counter for 30 minutes.
- In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together the soft butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup; stir well until sugar is dissolved and butter is creamed.
- Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
- Drain raisins.
- Retrieve tart shells and divide raisins equally into all shells; then divide butter mixture into all tarts.
- Bake at 400F for 15-20 minutes; filling will be lightly browned but still bubbling.
- Let cooked butter tarts cool in pans for 10 minutes after removing from oven; then remove and place on racks until completely cool.
- If you do not like raisins, they can be omitted.
- For the filling, if you like a more firm texture, bake the full 20 minutes (and maybe an extra minute or two). If you like it a little runny, 15-20 minutes should do the trick
- Instead of raisins, consider: chocolate chips, cranberries, walnuts, or other small fruit or nut
- What makes this recipe stand out is that you mix your ingredients by hand with a wooden spoon. Using a hand mixture will definitely save time, but it will be at the cost of the flavor. Give your butter tarts the work they deserve; you will be rewarded when you taste them!
Butter tarts are great for holiday parties, office pot lucks, and family gatherings.
Enjoy your butter tarts!