Cape Breton Christmas Tarts

Cape Breton Pork Pies

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These tiny tarts are a favorite at Christmas. How these tarts got their name is a mystery – it could be at one time pork fat was used instead of butter or it may well reflect the wonderful sense of humor of the folks of Cape Breton.


1 cup butter
4 teaspoons confectioners' sugar
2 cups flour


Tart Shell: Cut the butter into the flour and confectioners’ sugar, and knead until well blended. Press with your thumb, a small amount of dough into small muffin tins or tart pan. Bake in a 425 degrees F oven for 10 minutes. Cool, and fill with the date filling.

Date Filling


2 cups chopped dates
1-1/2 cups brown sugar
1 cup water
lemon juice of 1 lemon


Simmer the above ingredients until the dates are of soft consistency. Cool. Fill tart shells with a dollop each.



Top with butter icing or a dollop of brown sugar fudge

Cooking & Recipes


48 tarts

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