Cape Breton Christmas Tarts

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.

Cape Breton Pork Pies


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

Preparation Method


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