Recipe for butter tarts with raisins
by Swati M.

Recipe for butter tarts with raisins

  • Course Dessert
  • Cuisine Canadian

Recipe for butter tarts with raisins is simply a mouth-watering dish that every Canadian has national obsession with this sweet dish. The butter tarts are most famous in Canada and now gain respect from all over the world. And why wouldn’t it be?

The amazing taste can really fill your mouth watery and each bite makes you feel that you are eating something crazy enough. If you have never tasted the recipe for butter tarts with raisins before you are completely missing a sweet dish that is so amazing.

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 People
Calories 221 kcal


Ingredients for pastry

  • 2 cups of pastry flour or all-purpose flour
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup of butter chilled and diced in cubes
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of frozen shortening diced into cubes

Ingredients for making filling

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of corn syrup
  • 1/2 cups of raisins
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup of liquid butter


Instruction for making pastry

  1. Take a food processor and pulse the shortening and the chilled butter into flour salt and sugar. Make sure the butter and the shortening becomes as smaller as peas.

  2. Use some water and sprinkle over surface. Now, toss it using a fork. Let the water adjusted within the dough. Do it for just to make the water incorporates with the dough. Giving excess time may spoil the dough.

  3. Use the dough and divide it into 2 rounds and make it 1 inch thicker. Take a reusable wrapper and wrap the dough gently. Now, sift it to the refrigerator and sit it for 30-45 minutes.

  4. Take the dough out and let it sit for a few minutes. By using a smooth surface, roll out the dough and use a cutter to cut it into 4 inches rounds. Make it fit into the muffin cups. Sift it to freezer while we do the other things.

  5. While making a cold pastry make it cold and then transfer it to the hot oven will turn it to be a flakier pastry.

To make the filling

  1. Use all the filling ingredients in a bowl and combine it nicely. Exclude the raisin while combining. Gently mix everything so they all mix well.

  2. At the bottom of pastry lined muffin cups in a single layer sprinkle the raisins.

  3. Use the syrup mixture and fill it to 2/3.

  4. Preheat the oven to 425 degree F for 12-15 minutes and bake on the bottom of shelf.

  5. Use a wire rack if possible and wait until it cools down. You can remove the tarts from the pans now.

Recipe Notes

If you don’t like to make the butter tarts with raisins or want to make a variation then you can substitute the raisin with the walnuts, chocolate chips or with pecans.

If you want a firmer filling then you can add an additional egg white to the filling and increase the brown sugar to more 3/4 cup and use less corn syrup.