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Canadian butter tarts with Moose Maple Butter

Canadian butter tarts with Moose Maple Butter – perfectly crisp pastry filled with a delicious baked buttery filling, popular all over Canada.

There are a few things as synonymous with being Canadian as maple syrup! I had heard about a new product ready to be launched in the UK called Moose Maple Butter. I had to find out more as the first thing that came to my mind was Canadian butter tarts.

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According to Farrah at Moose Maple Butter its a “combination of pure Canadian Grade A maple syrup and fresh British butter with a dash of sea salt.” As a Canadian I grew up smothering my mum’s pancakes in pats of butter, further drowning them in maple syrup. This is pure heaven to me!  Not one to miss out, I made sure I waited in the morning my sample tub was being delivered. In pure greedy fashion I had to taste it straight away, I didn’t even wait for the toast to spread it on! On the tongue you first get the sweetness from maple syrup and then follows the saltiness of the butter. However neither overpower the other, just the perfect balance. The butter is creamy and the sea salt cuts through the sweetness to leave you with the lovely taste of pure maple.

moose maple butter parcel

My mind was racing on all the sweet things I could make, but in fact sometimes simple is best. I settled on a traditional Canadian butter tart. Butter tarts are made with leftover pastry from other bakes with a filling of butter, sugar and eggs. It’s one of those recipes where each home has their own variation. They even have much sought after awards at Country Fairs for the best butter tart. I decided upon another much loved flavour combination that reminds me of my Canadian upbringing … maple and walnut! The result is a delicious and simple maple butter tart and a walnut pastry.

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Moose Maple is available in many shops throughout the UK, check their website for a stockist list.

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For another great recipe using Moose Maple Butter, check out our Dutch Pancakes.

A white plate full of small maple butter tarts with a tub of moose maple butter behind

Moose Maple Butter Tarts

A Canadian Institution! Perfectly crisp pastry filled with a delicious baked buttery filling, popular all over Canada.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 16 portions
Calories: 160kcal



  • 200 g plain flour
  • 80 g cold unsalted butter
  • 50 g walnuts (finely crushed)
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • pinch salt


  • 50 g Moose Maple Butter
  • 60 g dark muscavado sugar
  • 1 egg (beaten)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice



  • In a food processor, add the flour and butter and pulse until it resembles breadcrumbs.
  • Now stir through the crushed walnuts.
  • Gradually add the egg and mix until the mixture just comes together (you may or may not need all the egg).
  • Remove from the bowl and gently knead to form a ball, then wrap in cling film and place in the fridge for about an hour to rest. Meanwhile make the filling.


  • Preheat the oven to 190C/170CFan.
  • In a bowl, cream together the Moose Maple Butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and continue to beat until well combined.
  • Roll out the pastry until thin, about 5mm. Using a fluted cutter to fit your tin, cut the pastry bases and place into the tin gently pushing them down.
  • Fill with the butter mix 2/3 full (as they will bubble up and can spill over if too full). You can cut pastry shapes for the top if you choose or leave them plain.
  • Bake in the hot oven for 15 minutes.
  • Remove the tray from the oven and place the tarts on a wire rack to cool.


Moose Maple Butter is a new product to be launched in the UK in 2015. If you can't find this butter with added maple syrup then you can use unsalted butter but increase the sugar content for the tart filling to 100g and use a pinch of sea salt.
Nutrition Facts
Moose Maple Butter Tarts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 160 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 10mg0%
Potassium 40mg1%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 20g22%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 155IU3%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

• Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only •

Course : Baking, Dessert
Cuisine : Canadian
Keyword : after dinner, home baking, maple syrup
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Mrs Caroline Costello

Wednesday 15th of February 2023

I am hoping to make these but I'm a bit confused about the walnuts. Do you add them to the pastry or to the filling itself as it doesn't say in the recipe!


Wednesday 15th of February 2023

Hi Caroline, I am so sorry about that, but thank you for pointing out this error, I can now go and amend the recipe card. The walnuts should be crushed and added to the pastry. I hope you enjoy these when you do bake them.