Classic Canadian Butter Tarts

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recipe by Sophie H.

  • Time icon
    Total Time
    1hr 0mins
  • Serves icon
    Serves
    12
  • Calories icon
    Calories
    539

Butter Tarts are considered to be one of only a few recipes of genuine Canadian origin. Nothing beats the flaky pastry filled with a perfectly sticky-sweet centre. There is a heated debate about whether the centre should be runny or firm - I think it's less messy when it's firm, so that's how this recipe will turn out.

recipe updated May 20, 2019

Ingredients

  • Pastry flour icon
    Pastry flour
    275g
  • Brown sugar icon
    Brown sugar
    12g
  • Salt icon
    Salt
    4g
  • Shortening icon
    Shortening
    98g
  • Butter icon
    Butter
    115g
  • Water icon
    Water
    89ml
  • Brown sugar icon
    Brown sugar
    146g
  • Corn syrup icon
    Corn syrup
    90g
  • Butter icon
    Butter
    58g
  • Egg icon
    Egg
    100g
  • Vanilla extract icon
    Vanilla extract
    5ml

Tools

  • kCook icon Food processor
  • kCook icon Plastic wrap
  • kCook icon Rolling pin
  • kCook icon Large mixing bowl
  • kCook icon Food processor bowl
  • kCook icon Work surface
  • kCook icon Muffin pan - 12-hole

Step preview

  1. Prep and set aside water: cold
  2. Get a clean food processor bowl
  3. Add pastry flour
  4. Add brown sugar
  5. Add salt
  6. Pulse cold, cubed - 2 cm shortening
  7. Pulse cold, cubed - 2 cm butter
  8. Sprinkle with prepared water
  9. Mix until just combined
  10. Form into rounds
  11. Wrap with plastic wrap
  12. Let rest in fridge - 30 min
  13. Flour a clean work surface lightly
  14. Transfer dough to work surface
  15. Roll out
  16. Cut into rounds
  17. Push dough into muffin pan
  18. Chill in freezer and continue
  19. Pre-heat - 218°C
  20. Get a clean large mixing bowl
  21. Add brown sugar
  22. Add corn syrup
  23. Add melted butter
  24. Add egg
  25. Add vanilla extract
  26. Add salt
  27. Mix well
  28. Transfer mixture to muffin pan evenly
  29. Bake - 13 min, 218°C
  30. Let cool completely
  31. Yum!
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