My grandmother used to keep bees, and all of us tried to come up with new ways to use honey. This recipe is my contribution to the effort. I've been making them for about 20 years, with no complaints and lots of rave reviews.

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Ingredients

9
Original recipe yields 9 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

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  • Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in brown sugar, honey, lemon juice, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Blend in melted butter. Fill tart shells halfway.

  • Bake in preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown, and filling is set.

Optional

Sprinkle a combination of the following in the shells before filling with custard: Raisins, coconut, chopped nuts, currants, glace fruit, and/or chopped dried fruit.

Nutrition Facts

432 calories; 20.5 g total fat; 59 mg cholesterol; 276 mg sodium. 58.4 g carbohydrates; 5.1 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (11)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2003
I really like the fact that these don't try to boil over in the oven. The tart lemon contrasts nicely with the honey and brown sugar. Only one complaint. Because the lemon stops these from tasting really sweet I tend to eat too many. Yummy!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
02/25/2004
This was ok but nothing really special. It looks like a butter tart but is tart and sweet at the same time. The taste of honey was overpowering and the spices tasted strange with the lemon. Some liked it but most didn't. Will probably not make again. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2003
I really like the fact that these don't try to boil over in the oven. The tart lemon contrasts nicely with the honey and brown sugar. Only one complaint. Because the lemon stops these from tasting really sweet I tend to eat too many. Yummy!!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2003
I really like the fact that these don't try to boil over in the oven. The tart lemon contrasts nicely with the honey and brown sugar. Only one complaint. Because the lemon stops these from tasting really sweet I tend to eat too many. Yummy!!! Read More
(13)
Rating: 2 stars
02/25/2004
This was ok but nothing really special. It looks like a butter tart but is tart and sweet at the same time. The taste of honey was overpowering and the spices tasted strange with the lemon. Some liked it but most didn't. Will probably not make again. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/30/2010
I loved this recipe the only thing is i added raspberries on top for an extra kick and it made waaayy more filling than tarts but I was more than happy to get more tarts for this delicious recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/23/2008
This recipe was great! I made them for a dessert for my family and everyone loved them! They were all gone in no time! The spices made the lemon and honey together tasted alot like apple tarts but still i think this is a great recipe for someone to try! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/30/2012
I really like how these turned out. I did make one change by using filo cups instead of normal tarts. I just couldn't find tart shells at my grocery store. The filling is excellent. It was sweeter than I expected and I might add extra lemon next time. I really love sour lemons though so if I make these for a party I'll keep the recipe as is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2013
Wow. Absolutely Amazing. I followed Mollie Mary Frances' idea of using philo dough instead of using tart shells. I also used fresh lime juice and fresh lime zest instead of lemon because i'm more of a fan of limes than lemons. I baked them until i could smell them. perfectly done. They are SOOOO GOOD!!! I could eat these all day. Thanks so much for a wonderfuly refreshing change of the normal butter tarts. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/07/2006
This recipe was intriguing. I read the two reviews. I took the advice of the first one and omitted the lemon juice and used soy milk instead. I omitted the cinnamon and doubled the nutmeg. I cut the butter back to 1/4 cup. Then I really changed the recipe by adding 1 cup of raisins. They turned out the best butter tarts I have ever eaten. The success started from a good basic recipe. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/20/2014
It is wonderful! I checked out a couple of other reviews before I made them. And altered my recipe slightly as well. Less nutmeg (not a fan) Added a tbsp of flour Added 3 or 4 raspberries to each tart. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2015
I did not use nutmeg. These were very tasty. Getting rid of other recipes in recipe box. Keeper. Read More