Butter Tarts

Butter Tarts - Sweet, buttery, caramel-y, amazing. These butter tarts are a Christmas tradition around here!

Exciting day today on the blog!  There’s a great giveaway (more on that later!), plus I have my favourite butter tart recipe for you.  Like my nanaimo bar recipe that I shared last year, this is a Canadian treat that we make every single Christmas.  I don’t know if it’s a Christmas thing for everyone, or if some people make them all year long, but at my house it’s a Christmas thing.  One of those treats that I really can’t skip making.

I said that my list keeps getting longer every year?  Well, it’s because I find new and wonderful things to make every single Christmas, but can’t give up the traditional treats that I’ve enjoyed since I was a kid either.  Must have ALL the Christmas treats evidently.  Don’t worry, I’ll have some healthier recipes in January.  I promise.

Until then, bring on the butter and sugar!

And these butter tarts are pretty much the epitome of buttery, sugary, Christmas-y treats.  I mean, pastry filled with a mixture that is literally butter and sugar and not much else?  Doesn’t get much more decadent than that!  It may sound a little weird, I know I thought they were when I was a kid.  Why would anyone want to eat a butter tart?!  Well, the first time I actually tried one I found out why.  Because they are absolutely fantastic.  And once you try one, I can pretty much guarantee that you will add them to your annual Christmas baking list too, and will be unable to omit them.

Butter Tarts - Sweet, buttery, caramel-y, amazing. These butter tarts are a Christmas tradition around here!

They’re that awesome.

Unless you don’t like sugary things.  Then you probably won’t like them.  But if you’ve read this far then I’m guessing you are all for it.

I used homemade pastry this time, but I’m usually lazy with tarts and buy the shells.  It’s just so much easier.  The homemade stuff does taste better, but I definitely need a tutorial in shaping them!  So my tart shells aren’t the prettiest, but that’s okay, they tasted fantastic.

As will yours.  Homemade, store-bought.  Doesn’t matter.  Just fill them with this incredible buttery, sweet, caramel-y filling and you will be happy.  I promise.

Also, use currants.  Not raisins.  It’s just better.

Oh, and the giveaway I mentioned?  It’s a fancy new Blendtec Designer 725 blender!  It’s worth over $750 and would be a fantastic prize to win!  Just scroll down to below the recipe for the giveaway form.  Unfortunately for my Canadian friends, this one is only open to U.S. residents 18 years of age and older. Winner will have 48 hours from being notified to respond with their shipping address in order to claim the prize. Otherwise a new winner will be selected.  Contest is open now until December 19, 2015.  Good luck!

Butter Tarts - Sweet, buttery, caramel-y, amazing. These butter tarts are a Christmas tradition around here!

Butter Tarts
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Yield: 20-24 tarts
 
Note: I use a combination of honey and corn syrup in these tarts. The original recipe called for all corn syrup, but I ran out one year so subbed honey and liked it better. I've tried it with just honey and no corn syrup and I prefer this recipe with half of each, although it can be made with only one if you prefer. Also, you CAN used raisins or pecans instead of the currants if you like - but currants are the best!
Ingredients
  • homemade pastry shaped into tart shells or store-bought tart shells
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed
  • ½ cup liquid honey
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup currants
Directions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the honey, corn syrup, eggs, salt and vanilla and mix well. Stir in the currants.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the tart shells (it will be quite runny) until they are about ⅔ full. Don’t fill them completely full or they will boil over in the oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes until the filling is browned and bubbly. Let cool.
  4. Store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 5 days, or freeze for up to 3 months. We like to freeze them immediately and then take them out as we want them. They defrost very quickly just at room temperature.

Source:  Adapted from The New Purity Cookbook  (although a much older version!).

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Butter Tarts - Sweet, buttery, caramel-y, amazing. These butter tarts are a Christmas tradition around here!

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Comments

  1. Cynthia says

    Hi Stacey – like the others, I had never heard of butter tarts. But reading the ingredients, would these be similar (almost) to the American pecan pie filling? These tarts really look delicious and would be fun to make. Thanks for the recipe.

    • stacey says

      Hi Cynthia – you know, I’ve only ever had pecan pie once or twice, but I think it would be fairly similar to that. It’s a sweet, gooey, almost caramel-like filling (although thinner then caramel). I don’t know if that helps or not! We really love them, and they are very easy to make. I hope you like them – let me know if you try them out!

    • stacey says

      If you’ve never had them, you definitely need to try them Dorothy! They are my favourite Christmas treat (well, one of – I have a lot of favourites to be honest!), and the filling is so fast and easy to make too! Let me know if you try them! :)

  2. says

    There is nothing like a good butter tart. Can’t wait to try your recipe. Sad to see that the BlendTec contest is only open to US citizens. Ah well. The butter tarts will take away the sting. Merry Christmas Stacey.

    • stacey says

      I know, it’s unfortunate, but it was the US company that provided the giveaway, so that’s how this one had to go. I agree, there is nothing like a good butter tart! Merry Christmas!

  3. says

    I’ve never had a butter tart before, but they sound delicious! Butter and sugar definitely go well together! :) This sounds like such a fun Christmas treat to make every year. And I can only imagine how good your house smelled when these were baking!

  4. says

    Normally I shy away from too much butter, but not when it comes to pastry! haha These tarts look amazing, Stacey — these would get me into some serious trouble! :)

  5. says

    There can never bee enough butter and sugar around the holidays! It’s the one time of year those calories don’t count! I wouldn’t mind indulging in these butter tarts. I’ve never had one, but it sounds so tasty. And they looks wonderful.

    • stacey says

      Right?! That’s what I tell myself every year. At least in January I’m usually sugared out for a while so that makes up for it! If you’ve never had butter tarts, you need to try them – they’re amazing! :)

    • stacey says

      Thanks Stephanie! They’re a Canadian treat, and are fantastic – you should definitely try them if you never have! :)

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