This Canadian recipe is a simple classic. I like to add sultanas to mine.






Skill level

Average: 3.9 (36 votes)


  • 85 g butter, melted
  • 185 g (1 cup) soft brown sugar
  • 50 ml milk
  • 1 egg
  • 85 g (½ cup) sultanas

Brown sugar shortcrust pastry

  • 300 g (2 cups) plain flour, sifted
  • 55 g (¼ cup) brown sugar
  • 250 g (1 cup) cold butter, chopped

Cook's notes

Oven temperatures are for conventional; if using fan-forced (convection), reduce the temperature by 20˚C. | We use Australian tablespoons and cups: 1 teaspoon equals 5 ml; 1 tablespoon equals 20 ml; 1 cup equals 250 ml. | All herbs are fresh (unless specified) and cups are lightly packed. | All vegetables are medium size and peeled, unless specified. | All eggs are 55-60 g, unless specified.


Makes 12 tarts

Chilling time: 40 minutes

  1. For the shortcrust pastry, combine the flour and sugar together in a large bowl. Using your fingertips, rub the butter into the flour mixture to form a coarse breadcrumbs. Add a few tablespoons of cold water and bring together into a dough.
  2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface until about 5-mm thick. Using a pastry cutter, cut out 12 circles from the pastry, large enough to fit into the holes of a muffin tin. Press the pastry rounds into the muffin holes and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
  3. Preheat the oven to 240°C.
  4. Place all the ingredients for the filling except the sultanas in a bowl and whisk together well. Add a few sultanas into the base of each muffin hole and cover with the filling until the tarts are about two-thirds full.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or until bubbling. Remove from the oven, stand until cool, then transfer to a wire rack.


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