1900 The Very First Butter Tart Recipe?

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May. 05, 2019

s this recipe from 1900 The Very First Butter Tart Recipe?
Historians seem to agree that the first time a Canadian Butter Tart Recipe is printed in a cookbook is in the 1900
'Royal Victoria Cook Book'. It's attributed to Mrs. Malcolm MacLeod, and it's title is 'Filling For Tarts'. Historians also agree, that this first butter tart recipe ever... probably definitely isn't. Canadians had been making and passing around Butter Tart Recipes long before this. The original recipe is a little vague, and doesn't give any directions other than 'Mix', so we'll fill in some of the blanks for you.


White sugar 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Butter 1/2 Cup (8 tbs) , softened
Eggs 2
Currants 1 Cup (16 tbs)
Pastry sheets 2



1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.


2. Cream together butter and sugar.

3. Beat in eggs.

4. Stir in currants.

5. Spoon into pastry lined muffin cups, filling each only ⅔ full.

6. Bake until pastry is golden and filling has set, 12-15 minutes.


7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: Easy
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Ready In: 15 Minutes
Servings: 12