Best Butter Tarts

Best Butter Tarts 250 Author: Canadian Living Credits: Best Butter Tarts 250

Whether runny or firm, with raisins or nuts, butter tarts are treats that never go out of style. Because any sugar filling that overflows the pastry hardens quickly and sticks to the pan, be sure to remove the tarts as directed. Or count on family members to hang around the kitchen waiting to eat the tarts that stick and break.

  • Portion size 12 servings
  • Credits : Everyday Favourites Cookbook, 2005

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup cold butter cubed
  • 1/4 cup lard cubed
  • 1/4 cup butter cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • Ice water
Filling:
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon vinegar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup currants
  • 1/4 cup raisin
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut

Method

In large bowl, whisk flour with salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and lard until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces. 

In liquid measure, whisk egg yolk with vinegar; add enough ice water to make 1/3 cup (75 mL). Sprinkle over flour mixture, stirring briskly with fork until pastry holds together. Press into disc; wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate until chilled, about 1 hour. Make-ahead: Refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Filling:
In bowl, whisk together brown sugar, corn syrup, egg, butter, vanilla, vinegar and salt until blended; set aside.

On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 1/8-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cookie cutter (or empty 28 oz/796 mL can), cut out 12 circles, rerolling scraps once if necessary. Fit into 2-3/4- x 1-1/4-inch (7 x 3 cm) muffin cups. Divide currants among shells. Spoon in filling until three-quarters full.

Bake in bottom third of 450 F (230 C) oven until filling is puffed and bubbly and pastry is golden, about 12 minutes. Let stand on rack for 1 minute. Run metal spatula around tarts to loosen; carefully slide spatula under tarts and transfer to rack to let cool.

Nutritional facts Per tart: about

  • Sodium 133 mg
  • Protein 2 g
  • Calories 233.0
  • Total fat 11 g
  • Cholesterol 55 mg
  • Saturated fat 6 g
  • Total carbohydrate 32 g

%RDI

  • Iron 8.0
  • Fibre 0.0
  • Folate 11.0
  • Sodium 0.0
  • Sugars 0.0
  • Calcium 2.0
  • Protein 0.0
  • Calories 0.0
  • Total fat 0.0
  • Vitamin A 7.0
  • Vitamin C 5.0
  • Potassium 0.0
  • Cholesterol 0.0
  • Saturated fat 0.0
  • Total carbohydrate 0.0
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