Prize Winning Maritime Butter Tarts

I think you would be hard pressed to find a Maritimer who doesn’t love butter tarts. The mere word of butter anything and I get excited. It is sometimes hard to fathom that butter tarts with their simple ingredients tastes so delicious. These are so rich and decadent I only make them at Christmas to doubly savour the treat. If your waistline can handle it, I recommend you make these as often as you can! Better yet, share them in your dooryard. These will soon become a new family and friend favourite that will precede your reputation.

Maritime Butter Tarts for your dooryard

Maritime Butter Tarts for your dooryard


  • pre-made 3 inch tart shells or pastry for double-crust pie (recipe not provided)
  • 1 c packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 c butter melted
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 c seedless raisins or 1/2 cup pecans, chopped, optional

Preheat oven to 375°F. Prepare pastry dough; cut in circles and line 3-inch tart pans with pastry circles.

Combine balance of ingredients. Spoon mixture into unbaked pastry lined pans, filling each no more than 2/3 full (if the filling bubbles over it makes one heck of a mess!). Bake for 20 minutes at 400F until filling has cooked and pastry is golden.

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