Maple Butter Tarts

Maple Butter Tarts


Another one of my favorite holiday treats is butter tarts and I could not let the holiday season go by without having some. Butter tarts are a Canadian pastry consisting of butter, sugar and eggs in a pastry shell. The tarts would be perfectly fine just like that but I like to add raisins and chopped walnuts as that is they way that my grandmother always made them. This time I thought it would also be nice to make them with some maple syrup. The maple butter tarts were amazing! The pastry was nice and golden brown and light an flaky and melt in your mouth good. The filling was nicely set and sweet and gooey and oh so good! The maple syrup added a great new flavour to the tarts and I will definitely be using it again. Butter tarts are another treat that freezes well so you can make them ahead of the holidays to lighten the load during that busy time. Frozen butter tarts also make a great gift; I know I always enjoyed receiving a large container of frozen butter tarts from my grandmother to take back with me after the holidays.

Ingredients:
1 pie crust pastry (chilled)
1 egg
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter (melted)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:
1. Roll the pastry out to 1/8 inch thick and cut out 12 4-5 inch circles.
2. Press the circles of dough into a muffin baking pan.
3. Chill the muffin pan in the fridge for 45-60 minutes.
4. Mix the egg, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter,vanilla extract, salt, walnuts and raisins in a bowl.
5. Pour the mixture into the tarts.
6. Bake in a preheated 350F oven and bake until set, about 15-25 minutes.

Similar Recipes:
Maple Pecan Pie
Maple Snickerdoodles
Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Other Maple Recipes

50 comments:

Amy said...

Those look AMAZING! I love the addition of maple syrup.

Gloria said...

These lok absolutely nice Kevin!!! Gloria

Hayley said...

These look delicious. Sort of like a spin on mini pecan pies or something. Can't wait to try these out, thanks Kevin!

Lisa said...

My mom used to make the most amazing butter tarts ever. The addition of maple syrup to this classic Canadian treat is just too tempting.

Melissa said...

They look like mini pecan pies, cute!

Maggie said...

These look like fantastic butter tarts! My husband and I honeymooned around the Georgian Bay and discovered butter tarts then. They are one of the few chocolate-less desserts he loves.

diva said...

kevin how are you doing this? churning out glorious dish after glorious dish? this looks amazing. somehow, it's making me wanna eat it and mince pies too x

Helene said...

You can't go wrong when you use real maple syrup. They look really good Kevin.

Megan said...

These look delicious. I'm glad you decided to add the walnuts, raisins, and maple syrup. Yum!

VeggieGirl said...

Sooo luscious!!

Dana McCauley said...

These tarts sound great! I'm a bit of a buttertart aficionado (self proclaimed). In fact, I've got a recipe on my blog I'm quite proud of - please give it a try and let me know if you like it as well as this version.

http://danamccauley.wordpress.com/2008/10/28/best-butter-tart-quest-part-three/

Steph said...

Those look so pretty!

CHRIS CANN said...

nice bro ...baking is a great form of relaxation, keep up the inspiration, peace cc

Elra said...

This is really mouth watering recipe, Delicious.
Cheers,
Elra

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

These tarts look incredibly scrumptious! So tempting!

Cheers,

Rosa

HoneyB said...

Yumm!

Peabody said...

Thanks for making butter tarts...it's not Christmas without them.

Debbie said...

They look delicious...

Beachlover said...

wow!! this really look great!! I just bake pecan bar and now your photo make me wanna to grab a piece from my screen!! lol!

Happy cook said...

Wow just looking to those delicious tarts makes me want to grab them.
Beautiful and deliious

lisaiscooking said...

These little tarts look so good, and the maple flavor sounds like a great addition!

Marjie said...

Freezing little tart shells is a brilliant idea! These are some tasty looking little tarts.

Jan said...

Wow - I like those!

mikky said...

these are just great... definitely another holiday treat... :)

nicole said...

YUM! I could pop a couple of those. They look and sound fantastic.

Cakebrain said...

Yes, Kevin, I too being Canadian love Butter Tarts! These look fantastic!

giz said...

I like the addition of the maple syrup - I find it much smoother than brown sugar - I'll try the half-half combo

Bridgett said...

So delicious!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

Thanks for sharing this Canadian treat, they looks delicious!

kimberleyblue said...

I love butter tarts, and this seems like an awesome variation on that (I enjoy drinking maple syrup by the cupful) - thanks!

Lori said...

When I was single I use to go up to Canada, Niagra Falls and Toronto a lot. When I was there I would always stock up on these. They are such a treat. I love your flavors Kevin!

rhonalala said...

Drooling over here!

Grace said...

what a coincidence--maple and butter are too of my favorite ingredients! these tarts are like pancakes in dessert form. i love it.

einat said...

These tarts look wonderful and I'm sure they're delicious. Is there a recipe for that particular pie crust?

Katrina said...

Yum, yum, yum and that's all I have to say about that!

Mrs Erg├╝l said...

This looks interesting!

Marie said...

Oh gosh Kevin . . . I want one now and I haven't even had breakfast yet!

Brilynn said...

Maple syrup makes butter tarts a million times better!

Proud Italian Cook said...

Between this and your shortbread, I'm in heaven! Have a wonderful holiday Kevin!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kevin,

This is the first time visiting your site. I stumbled upon it searching for a spanakopita recipe. I then had a big laugh because I am also from Toronto. But when I saw this recipe, mmmmm...I have been looking for a good butter tart recipe for so long. Your pictures are fantastic, do you take them yourself? I'll be bookmarking you for sure!

Marin

Jeanne said...

OMG, those look good...

kamailesfood said...

These sound delectable!

MelBell said...

I made these and they were truly awesome. Best butter tarts I've ever made or eaten. Thank you!

MelBell said...

I made them again. Still good.

What A Dish! said...

I've been insterested in butter tarts ever since the song "Steal my Sunshine". So glad to come across your recipe- I must make these! Not sure about the raisins :) but I love the use of maple syrup.

Suzee said...

I just watched a holiday show on the food network that featured butter tarts - I agree that I'm not so sure about the raisins, but heck, I'm gonna try it anyway :)

lily said...

i found your blog about a month ago, and i love it! i love your creativity, it's always great to find a new spin on your old favorites (making the crab mac 'n cheese tonight!). when i saw this one, i knew i had to do it- my family always makes pecan tassies for christmas, so i knew the process going in.

i didn't have a pie pastry, so i used my grandmother's crust recipe, and it worked great! also, i took them out just a little early, so that when you bite into them, the insides are a little gooey. i see many more batches of these in my future!!

Neets said...

Hi there - I made these and noticed the ingredients call for an egg but the instructions don't indicate when to use it? Does it go into the mix or is it for an egg wash? thanks!

What a Dish! said...

I made these yesterday for Canadian Thanksgiving (although I'm from the US, lol, but always wanted to celebrate Canada's T-day too!) They are so delicious. Kind of like pecan pies, but with walnuts. Love the maple in them too (I always use maple syrup in my pecan pie). I added the egg in the filling ingredients (it's not specified in the recipe).

Kevin said...

What a Dish!: Glad you enjoyed them! I fixed the directions. Thanks for mentioning that!

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