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English Butter Tarts Recipe
  • READY IN 35 mins

English Butter Tarts

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"This is a recipe my mother had in Scotland. I have saved it since I was a teenager because the tarts are so good."

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Original recipe makes 12 small tarts Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    15 mins

    35 mins


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
  2. Arrange tart shells on a baking sheet. Distribute raisins evenly into shells. In a large bowl, combine brown sugar, corn syrup, shortening, egg, vanilla and salt. Mix until smooth, and pour over raisins in shells.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until done. Be careful not to over bake.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Dec 13, 2006

This is an excellent recipe but I gave it a few tweaks. I found the quantities for 24 made enough for 36. I substituted butter for shortening (after all they are "butter" tarts!) and substituted 'golden syrup' for corn syrup which gives it an even more buttery flavour. I also added an extra egg (for the 24 amount) making it three eggs instead of two, so they wouldn't be too runny. I then baked them at 350 defrees F for approximately 20 minutes. I also increased the butter and the golden syrup slightly. I found they browned too much at 400 degrees because of the butter in them. They turned out beautifully. I have an excellent recipe handed down from my English/Scottish great grandmother, but it was hard to measure with the old weight measurements so combining this recipe with mine helped tremendously. Thank you.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Nov 30, 2010

I tried out this recipe and it wasnt bad. It would have been helpful to know how much filling to put in each tart shell as they rise a lot..which meant it came spilling over making me lose half my filling. I did try this recipe several ways to see what worked best.. I tried the recipe with Crisco and 2 eggs and it came out tasting eggy..yuck! Then i tried it with butter and 1 egg..This i found, was the best modification..Its not too runny and its nice and buttery..I find butter more flavourful than Crisco

Apr 22, 2010

Hi. I am the poster of this recipe. It cracks me up how many people say they are runny, as if that's a negative! Butter tarts cooked correct are supposed to be runny.....that's the sign of a good butter tart! Otherwise you may as well have raisin pie:)

Jan 27, 2004

Don't let the fact that there is no butter in these tarts, or the "English" slant disuade you from trying this recipe. My shot at this came out perfect first crack. I cut back the raisins because 3/4 of a cup seemed like a lot. Next time, I'll follow the recipe. For a good tart shell I used "Best Pie Crust Ever" and cut circles with a plastic funnel. The tarts turned out tasting homemade and yummy. Some things are worth making yourself if the effort isn't too high, it doesn't take too long, and you get better than store-bought results. These tarts are a great example of this. Thanks, Priscilla, I'm hanging on to this recipe.

Mar 16, 2005

These are the best butter tarts I have ever eaten!!! I whipped the mixture until it had the consistency of pudding and left out the raisins (hubby doesn't like them) and they came out better than bakery fresh. Thanks so much for sharing.

Jan 27, 2004

Hi im 13 years old and me and my mom made some of these fabulous butter tarts they are absolutely amazing!! And i thought i would hate them because i hate raisons! So try this recipe i guarantee you will enjoy them!! By the way we doubled the recipe and this made 36 - 3 inch tarts.

Mar 05, 2008

This recipe was amazing! I added an extra egg as per previous review saying that it would make it less runny and only added raisins to half of the batch since I am not a big raisin fan. I also baked it at 350 degrees for 20 min. It tasted just as good as the ones sold at the store if not better. I thought that no one in my house would really eat it and I might end up throwing some of it out since many people in my house are very health. They were so good that within 2 days they were all gone, I will definitely try this recipe again.

Jan 27, 2004

These butter tarts were very good, just remember not to fill too much because they overflow. My husband and kids loved them and they didn't last too long. Made some with raisins and some with pecans. Had enough batter for almost 18.


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  • Calories
  • 270 kcal
  • 14%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 41.9 g
  • 14%
  • Cholesterol
  • 16 mg
  • 5%
  • Fat
  • 11 g
  • 17%
  • Fiber
  • 0.3 g
  • 1%
  • Protein
  • 2.6 g
  • 5%
  • Sodium
  • 138 mg
  • 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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