Monday, February 7, 2011

Sweet Canadian treat

 Blogging friends Dana over at Old Red Barn Co and Jodi over at Pleasant Home have been posting some delicious recipes lately.  

I thought I would join them.  For those that don’t know, Butter Tarts are a very unique Canadian dessert; flaky pastry  filled with a golden sugary filling of raisins and/or nuts. Sometimes these can be tricky to make, and time consuming. 

Years ago I found a recipe in Chatelaine magazine for Butter Tart muffins. (it actually won the 1997 muffin of the year!).

These are so delicious and so easy to make and the taste is wonderful .

Here is the recipe:

Butter Tart Muffins

1 1/2 cup raisins

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup butter or margarine cut into chunks

2 eggs beaten

1/2 c. milk

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cup flour

1 tsp soda

1/2 cup walnuts (optional)

maple syrup

Preheat oven to 375*F. Place raisins, sugar, butter, eggs, milk and vanilla in a pan over medium heat.  Cook stirring frequently, until mix is hot and slightly thickened, about 4-5 min.  Cool slightly, uncovered in the fridge (or outside these days). Line muffin cups with papers. 

Stir dry ingredients together & make a well. Add cooled raisin mixture and mix well. Stir in nuts if using. Fill muffin cups.

Bake for 15-17 min. Let cool in muffin pan on rack. Drizzle with some maple syrup.

Makes 12 muffins.


Let me know if you make these and like them!


  1. I didn't know butter tarts were a Canadian treat , interesting . This recipe sounds so yummy and since I love butter tarts I may have to give these a try .Thanks for sharing . Sheila

  2. Huh....didn't know butter tarts were Canadian - I've been making them for years!!!! And I never found them difficult or tricky - wonder what I'm doing wrong? These muffins look delicious!

  3. Hi!
    I didn't know that they were Canadian either! I grew up with them! I tried sending the recipe via an email link to friends here in The Netherlands ! Maybe it worked!
    Will be giving the recipe a try soon!
    Love your Blog !
    Joanne( teatimeweeding)

  4. I can not wait to try your muffins. I love your blog the heart table runner is cute, cute. I saw you are also working on a grandmothers flower garden it looks wonderful. I started one a few years ago. I think I only have like 5 blocks done. I will be back to visit soon.


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