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Canadian Butter Tarts

What's The Big Idea?

Regarded by many as the quintessential Canadian dessert or sweet snack, butter tarts have been popular in Canada for over a hundred years. Although recipes vary - the filling may be runny or firm, and contain raisins or nuts - butter tarts are ever-popular, and an ideal sweet snack for any Canadian party or social occasion.

Shopping List

Here's the list of what you need:

  • For the pastry:
    • 110g plain flour
    • 75g butter or margarine, softened
    • 85g cream cheese
  • For the filling:
    • 200g brown sugar
    • 2 tablespoons melted butter
    • 2 teaspoons cornflour
    • 1 large egg, beaten
    • 1 tablespoon double cream
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • Pinch of nutmeg
    • 50g raisins, soaked in hot water until plump, drained

What To Do

  • In a medium bowl combine the flour, butter or margarine and cream cheese. Process or blend together thoroughly
  • Form into a ball, wrap in clingfilm and refrigerate for 30 minutes
  • Divide this dough into 12 equal portions and press each part into the sides and bottom of each cup of a 12-hole bun tin. Set aside
  • Pre-heat the oven to 400F/200C
  • Make the filling: in a clean bowl combine the brown sugar, melted butter, cornflour, egg, cream, lemon juice and nutmeg
  • Beat until well mixed
  • Distribute the drained raisins equally between the pastry tarts
  • Now fill each pastry tart case about 2/3 full with the brown sugar filling
  • Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 12 to 15 minutes, until the pastry is golden brown and the filling is bubbly
  • Remove and cool briefly on a wire rack. While still warm, gently remove the tarts from the tin and allow to finish cooling on the rack

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