Gramma's Butter Tarts

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This is my Grandma's recipe for butter tarts in homemade pastry.

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Prep Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 50 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 3-inch tarts

Ingredients

Pastry:

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1 pound lard (such as Tenderflake®)

  • 1 egg, lightly beaten

  • 11 tablespoons ice cold water

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

Butter Tart Filling:

  • 1 cup brown sugar

  • ¼ cup melted butter

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 cup raisins, rinsed and patted dry

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Whisk flour and 1 teaspoon salt together in a large bowl; cut lard into flour mixture with a pastry blender until crumbly. Make a well in the flour mixture and place 1 beaten egg into the well.

  2. Pour ice cold water and vinegar into flour mixture; stir with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Divide dough into two balls; wrap dough in waxed paper and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  4. Beat brown sugar and butter together in a bowl with an electric mixer until smooth; beat in 2 eggs one at a time. Stir raisins and vanilla extract into butter mixture.

  5. Roll out one ball of dough on a lightly floured surface to 1/8-inch thickness; reserve remaining dough for another use. Cut dough into circles large enough to fit into the bottom and partway up sides of the wells of a muffin tin using a round biscuit cutter. Press dough circles lightly into muffin tin to form tart shells; fill each shell 3/4 full with raisin mixture.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until filling is bubbly and pastry is lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

Cook's Note:

If using purchased tart shells, partially pre-bake them according to package directions.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the dough ingredients. The actual amount of the dough consumed will be less, as half the dough is reserved to use later.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

326 Calories
22g Fat
30g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 326
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 46mg 15%
Sodium 123mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 13g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 18mg 1%
Iron 1mg 7%
Potassium 89mg 2%

* 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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