Georgina's True English Butter Tarts


Butter tarts are a British staple. These English ones have been in my family long enough that we don't know the origin. They're fantastic with a sweet, homemade crust, but are my favourite treat to whip up quickly when I have shells pre-made. A fantastic winter or Christmas treat, they're delicious with warm cider.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 2-inch tarts


  • 24 (2 inch) unbaked tart shells

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • 1 cup golden syrup

  • ½ cup butter, melted

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Place tart shells on a baking sheet.

  2. Bake in the preheated oven until edge of crust is golden, about 10 minutes.

  3. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Position a rack in the upper 1/3 of the oven.

  4. Whisk brown sugar, golden syrup, butter, eggs, vanilla extract, and salt together in a bowl until smooth. Fill pastry shells with sugar mixture about 2/3-full.

  5. Bake in the preheated oven until filling foams and is bubbly and golden, about 15 minutes. Remove pan and cool for a few minutes on a wire rack; serve warm or at room temperature.

Cook's Notes:

Good tarts should have a light brown, bubbly, soft-crust, and should be gooey, with a bit of liquid (syrup) inside. They should not be jelly-like, or 'jammy'. The tarts will fall as they cool.

Do not substitute anything for the butter; this will affect the taste and consistency. Margarine will make them oily and wet.

Golden syrup is an English molasses-type product; it is clear and thick. Popular brand Tate & Lyle's(R) is preferable, but light golden corn syrup should make a good substitute if necessary.

Raisins or nuts can be added for a variation: place raisins or nuts into the shells, before adding the filling.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

186 Calories
8g Fat
29g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 186
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 3g 17%
Cholesterol 34mg 11%
Sodium 116mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 22mg 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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