The Great Canadian Butter Tart

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Yields: 12 Servings Difficulty: Medium Prep Time: 1 Hr Cook Time: 17 Mins Total Time: 1 Hr 17 Mins
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The Great Canadian Butter Tart

Butter Tarts are a classic Canadian dessert. This easy butter tart recipe features a buttery, flaky pastry filled with a gooey caramel-like filling. You can add pecans, raisins, or keep them plain. The filling comes together in seconds! You can make the crust in this recipe or make use store-bought pie crust for even easier butter tarts!


0/13 Ingredients
Adjust Servings
    For the Crust
  • For the Filling


0/17 Instructions
    For the Crust
  • Combine flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse 5 seconds to combine.
  • In liquid measuring cup, whisk egg yolk and vinegar to combine. Add enough ice water to make 1/3 cup (78 ml). Keep in freezer until ready to use.
  • Sprinkle butter and shortening over the flour and pulse until only pea-sized pieces of butter remain (10-15 pulses).
  • Sprinkle egg mixture over flour mixture and then pulse to combine (10-15 pulses). Dough should look like wet sand and come together when squeezed between fingers.
  • Gather dough into a disk and cover with plastic wrap or reusable beeswax wrap and chill for 1 hour.
  • Before rolling out dough, create parchment paper shells by cutting out squares and folding them over the bottom of a glass that fits in your muffin tins (see pictures below). Fit the parchment liners into 12 muffin cups.
  • Roll out dough to 1/8 inch thickness and cut into twelve 10 cm/4 inch circles. You may need to put the dough back together and re-roll for the last couple of tarts.
  • Press into prepared muffin tin.
  • Chill 30 minutes.
  • For the Filling
  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Place raisins in a small bowl and cover with boiling water. Let stand 15 minutes.
  • In a large bowl, blend together softened butter, brown sugar, salt and corn syrup with hand blender
  • Add egg and vanilla and mix well.
  • Drain raisins and divide equally into chilled tart shells.
  • Pour butter mixture over the tarts (about 1 1/2 tbsp per tart).
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes; filling will be lightly browned but still bubbling. The amount of time to bake depends on how runny you like your tarts. I tend to go for 17 minutes.
  • Let cooked butter tarts cool in pan for 10 minutes after removing from oven then place on racks until completely cool.


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