Delicious and Easy Butter Tart Recipe

Welcome to my recipe for rum tarts, aka butter tarts! If you’re looking for a delicious, classic Canadian dessert with a boozy twist, you’ve come to the right place. These sweet treats are simple to make and packed full of flavor. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or just starting out in the kitchen, this recipe is sure to impress.

Rum tarts are a family favorite that have been passed down for generations. They’re perfect for holidays, special occasions, or just when you need a little pick-me-up. The combination of rum-soaked raisins, buttery pastry, and sweet brown sugar is unbeatable. Trust me; your taste buds will thank you.

In this recipe article section, I’ll provide you with all the information you need to make these delicious rum tarts in your own kitchen. From ingredient lists and instructions to tips and serving suggestions, I’ve got you covered. So let’s get started and make some mouth-watering rum tarts together!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Rum Tarts Aka Butter Tarts
Rum Tarts Aka Butter Tarts

There are few things in life that are more comforting than a sweet, buttery pastry filled with the warm and rich flavors of brown sugar, raisins, and rum. And when it comes to baked goods, there is no better indulgence than a classic Canadian treat known as butter tarts.

Now, imagine taking that classic recipe to the next level by adding a generous splash of rum into the mix. The result? An irresistible dessert that takes the already delectable butter tarts to an even more luxurious level – Rum Tarts (aka Butter Tarts).

Trust me when I say that once you take a bite out of these tender and flaky pastry shells, filled with gooey filling that melts in your mouth with every single bite, you will realize that this recipe is one of the best things to come out of your kitchen.

Whether you’re looking to impress your guests, or simply craving a decadent treat to snack on after a long day at work, this Rum Tarts recipe is sure to please. So what are you waiting for? Try them out today and thank us later for introducing you to the ultimate dessert experience!

Ingredient List

 A golden crust holding a luscious, gooey filling
A golden crust holding a luscious, gooey filling

Gather the following ingredients:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of cream
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of rum
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 10-12 prepared tart shells (approx. 3-inch diameter)
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup

Note that some variations suggest adding either pecan or walnut instead of raisins for another take on the recipe. It’s totally up to your preferences, but don’t forget to adjust the measurements accordingly.

The Recipe How-To

 Made with the perfect blend of butter, brown sugar, and silky rum
Made with the perfect blend of butter, brown sugar, and silky rum

Preparing the Tart Shell

To start off, roll out the pie crust on a floured surface into a 12-inch circle. After which, use a cookie cutter to cut out round tarts about 3 inches diameter. Place each tart into a muffin tin and chill them in the refrigerator for at least an hour. Preheat the oven to 350°F/180°C.

Making the Filling

In a large bowl, combine 1 cup brown sugar, 2 teaspoons cream, and 3 tablespoons butter. Mix everything until smooth before adding 1 tablespoon of rum and 1 beaten egg. Lastly, stir in 10-12 raisins.

Tip: For Rum Raisin Butter Tarts, swap out the plain raisins with rum-soaked ones.

Baking the Tarts

After removing tart shells from the refrigerator, fill each shell with around 2 tablespoons of the filling you made earlier. Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until they turn golden brown.

Cooling and Serving

When done, let them cool on a wire rack before serving. These delicious butter tarts can be enjoyed on their own or served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream for added sweetness and texture.

Tip: To add crunchiness to your butter tarts, put some chopped pecans or walnuts on top of each tart before baking.

Making butter tarts might seem intimidating at first but trust me when I say that it is very easy and straightforward! Just follow these simple steps and you will have perfect delicious tarts every time.

Substitutions and Variations

 These tarts are the perfect after-dinner indulgence!
These tarts are the perfect after-dinner indulgence!

Looking for ways to mix up the classic butter tart recipe? There are plenty of variations and substitutions you can try to create a unique twist on this beloved dessert.

Firstly, you can swap out the raisins for other dried fruits, such as cranberries or chopped figs. Alternatively, you can add in some chopped nuts, such as pecans or walnuts, which will add a delicious crunch to your tart.

If you’re looking to switch up the filling altogether, consider adding some cocoa powder or melted chocolate to create a rich chocolate butter tart. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, try adding a bit of spice to the filling with a pinch of cinnamon or nutmeg.

For those looking for a healthier option, try substituting some of the sugar with a natural sweetener like maple syrup or honey. You can also try using whole wheat flour in your pastry for added fiber.

If you’re not a fan of rum, feel free to substitute it with another liquor like whiskey or brandy to create a unique flavor profile.

Finally, if you don’t have access to prepared tart shells, you can make your own using pie crust or even cookie dough.

With so many different options to choose from, don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun with this classic butter tarts recipe!

Serving and Pairing

 Aromatic and flavorful, each bite will leave you wanting more
Aromatic and flavorful, each bite will leave you wanting more

Now that you’ve baked these mouthwatering rum tarts, you may be wondering how best to enjoy them. These tarts pair beautifully with a warm cup of tea or coffee, making for a cozy and comforting treat. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something new, pair your rum tarts with a glass of red wine, such as a shiraz or merlot. The bold flavors of the wine will complement the richness of the buttery tart crust and the sweet filling perfectly.

These rum tarts are also great for serving at events and gatherings, as they are easy to transport and serve. They make an impressive dessert to bring to a potluck or holiday gathering. For an even more festive presentation, sprinkle some powdered sugar over the top of the tarts before serving.

If you’re looking to take these tarts to the next level, consider adding a dollop of whipped cream or a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top. The creaminess of these additions will add another layer of flavor and texture that will complement the buttery crust and sweet filling.

No matter how you choose to serve them, these rum tarts are sure to impress anyone who tastes them. They make for an indulgent and delicious treat that is perfect for any occasion.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 The filling is so divine, you can eat it by the spoonful!
The filling is so divine, you can eat it by the spoonful!

Treat yourself to the convenience of having homemade rum tarts always within reach. Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating instructions for this recipe are straightforward, extending the enjoyment of these delightful tarts beyond just one sitting.

You can make the tart shells ahead of time and freeze them for up to a month. After removing from the freezer and thawing at room temperature, give them a quick refresh in the oven (preheated to 325°F) for 5-7 minutes before filling with the rum and raisin buttery goodness.

The baked tarts can be covered and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or frozen for longer term storage. To freeze, place the cooled tarts in a sealed container separating each layer with parchment paper. They will keep well for up to 3 months. Simply reheat frozen tarts in a preheated oven (325°F) for 8-10 minutes until heated through.

Rum tarts also keep well at room temperature for up to two days, making them an ideal choice for hosting or sharing with friends and family.

For best results, avoid reheating them in microwave ovens as they may become too soft or soggy. A better option is to reheat them using an oven or toaster oven which ensures that the buttery crust remains crisp while the filling becomes warm and gooey again.

With these simple steps, you can continue indulging in the decadent flavors of these rum tarts long after their initial baking.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Tuck into these bite-sized delights to satisfy your sweet tooth
Tuck into these bite-sized delights to satisfy your sweet tooth

Achieving a perfectly flaky and delicious rum tart can be a bit tricky, but with a few helpful tips and tricks, you’ll be able to impress your taste buds and those around you. Here are some tips for guaranteed success.

Firstly, when making the filling, make sure to mix the brown sugar and butter until they’re nice and creamy. Once they’re mixed well, add in the egg, cream, and rum while stirring continuously until well combined. At this stage, take care not to overdo it as overmixing makes the filling too runny.

Secondly, if you prefer tarts with chunky bits inside them, soak the raisins in hot water or rum beforehand. This helps soften them up and brings out their sweetness more effectively. Drain them completely before adding to your mixture.

Thirdly, refrigerate the tart shells before filling them with the mixture. Chilled tart shells hold their shape better and prevent the filling from spilling over during cooking. You can even pop them into the freezer to chill faster.

Fourthly, consider adding maple syrup or corn syrup to your mixture. This addition enhances the flavour and prevents sugar crystallization from happening during baking.

Fifthly, do not fill the tart shells all the way up as much as you might be tempted to do so! Doing this will create a big mess in your oven while baking. Fill them about three-quarters full instead.

Lastly, ensure you bake the tarts at the right temperature (375°F/190°C), keeping a close watch on them to avoid them turning too dark or burnt on beyond repair. Bake for approximately 15-20 minutes or until golden brown spots appear on your tarts.

By following these tips carefully and with some practice, you will soon become a pro at making perfect rum tarts every time!

Bottom Line

In conclusion, the rum tarts aka butter tarts recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves desserts. This recipe is simple and easy to follow, yet yields delicious results that are sure to impress. The combination of butter, brown sugar, and rum make for a rich, decadent filling that melts in your mouth. Whether you choose to add raisins or pecans, the tart shell perfectly complements the filling with a flaky crust.

Not only are these tarts delicious, but they also have a rich history in Canada and are considered one of the best classic Canadian desserts. They truly embody Canadian hospitality and comfort. With this recipe, you can bring a taste of Canada into your own home.

You’ll love this recipe because it’s versatile and allows for substitutions and variations to make it your own. The ingredients are simple and easy to find in any grocery store. You can even make them ahead of time and store them for later, making them the perfect dessert to prepare for a special occasion or party.

So what are you waiting for? Get started on making your own batch of rum tarts aka butter tarts today! You won’t be disappointed with the results, and your taste buds will thank you. These tarts hold a special place in Canadian history and continue to be enjoyed by people all over the world. Trust us – there’s simply nothing better than biting into a warm, gooey butter tart fresh out of the oven.

Rum Tarts Aka Butter Tarts

Rum Tarts Aka Butter Tarts Recipe

These are the best tarts, my favorite. Easy to make and wonderful tasting. I use dark rum for a little added flavor. Oh and I cheat and use store bought tart shells but you can use homemade.
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Canadian
Keyword: < 30 Mins, Dessert, Tarts
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 10 tarts
Calories: 127kcal


  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons cream
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon rum
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • raisins
  • 10 -12 prepared tart shells (approx)


  • Place tart shells on cookie sheet.
  • Add enough raisins to each tart shell to cover the bottom of the tart.
  • Beat egg.
  • In sauce pan add brown sugar, cream and butter.
  • Heat until butter is melted.
  • Add rum.
  • Pour small amount of mixture into beaten egg to temper the eggs.
  • Add egg mixture back into brown sugar mixture.
  • Stir well to combine mixture and egg.
  • Pour into tart shells, enough to cover the raisins.
  • Bake at 350° until golden brown and bubbling.
  • Let cool completely, at least 15 minutes.

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Serving: 28g | Calories: 127kcal | Carbohydrates: 21.5g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 4.3g | Saturated Fat: 2.5g | Cholesterol: 31.4mg | Sodium: 40.5mg | Sugar: 21.2g

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