Great Canadian Maple Butter Tarts

Tip: For runny butter tarts use the shorter cooking time.

  • 15 - 18 mins prep15 - 18 mins prep
  • 30 mins cook30 mins cook
  • 12 servings12 servings

Ingredients

Crust:

  • 2 cups (500 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) ground walnuts
  • 1 cup (250 ml) Lactantia® Maple Flavoured Butter, cold, cubed
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) ice water
  • Pinch of salt

Filling:

  • 1 cup (250 ml) golden syrup
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) Lactantia® Maple Flavoured Butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) lightly packed brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1-1/2 tsp (7 ml) white vinegar
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) toasted chopped walnuts (optional)

Instructions

Crust:

    1. In a large bowl, combine flour and ground walnuts. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut into Lactantia® Maple flavoured butter until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
    2. In small bowl, whisk egg yolk and ice water and add pinch of salt. Add to flour mixture, stirring with a fork until pastry forms a ball (careful not to over mix).
    3. Shape dough into a small disk. Wrap in plastic and refrigerate for 1 hour or until firm but not hard.
    4. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 1/4-inch (5 mm) thickness. Using 4-inch round or fluted cookie cutter, cut out 12 circles. Press each circle into muffin cups and refrigerate while preparing filling.

Filling:

  1. In medium bowl, vigorously mix together, golden syrup, Lactantia® Maple flavoured butter, sugar, eggs, vinegar, vanilla and walnuts (if using).
  2. Spoon filling into pastry shells until two-thirds full. Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until filling is puffed and pastry is golden.