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12" (27cm) Butterscotch Tart


The quantities given here are enough to fill a 12" (27cm) pre baked pastry case. Instructions for making the pastry case can be found by clicking here.

A case this size would provide 12 servings.


Quantity 12 Slices
Total Cost (including pastry case) £1.43
Amount Per Serving 12p

Costs based on shopping at Tesco and spending

Tesco Value Baking Margarine (250g) 44p
Tesco Demerara Sugar (500g) 76p
Tesco Value Plain Flour (1.5kg) 43p
Creamfields 0.75% Milk (3l) £1.00


Ingredient Metric Imperial
Margarine/Butter 340 g 12 oz
Demerara Sugar 340 g 12 oz
Plain Flour 85 g 3 oz
Milk 225 ml 8 fl oz


  1. Melt margarine/butter in a pan. Add the milk and sugar and stir until dissolved.
    Butterscotch mixture before thickening
  2. Sieve the flour, and then sieve it again directly into the sugar mixture whisking continuously.
  3. Slowly bring to the boil, but keep stirring all the time.
    thickened butterscotch mixture
  4. Remove from the heat and pour into baked pastry case.
  5. Leave to cool and then place in the refridgerator to chill.
Posted by OneProudMomma at Tuesday, March 09, 2010 2:51 PM

Bulk Plain Pastry Recipe


This is a very simple, very versatile, shortcrust pastry recipe. It is not flavoured in any way so it can be used for savoury and sweet dishes. The quantity given below is enough for approximately 48 jam tarts or 2 large (27cm/12") flan cases.

The pastry doesn't have to be used all in one go, you can store some in the fridge or even freeze it. I tend to use it all in one go though, making 1 large flan and 24 tarts.

Mince Tarts

Quantity 48 tart cases 2 flan cases
Total Cost 41p 41p
Cost Per Case 0.85p 20.5p

Costs based on shopping at Tesco and spending

Tesco Value Plain Flour (1.5kg) 43p
Tesco Value Baking Margarine (250g) 44p
Tesco Value Table Salt (1kg) 23p


Choose either metric or imperial for your measurements, but don't mix and match!

Ingredient Metric Imperial
Plain Flour 350 g 12 oz
Baking Margarine 175 g 6 oz
Salt 2.5 ml 1/2 tsp
Cold Water 60 ml 2 fl oz


  1. Preheat oven to 180c (350f, gas mark 4)
  2. Grease the tins / flan dishes you intend to use.
  3. Sift the flour into a bowl, add the salt and rub in the margarine until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs
    Flour and Margarine Mixed To Resemble Breadcrumbs
  4. Mix in enough cold water, until the mixture resembles a soft, pliable dough.
    Pastry dough
  5. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface and cut into the required shapes for the tins/dishes being used.
    Tart casesFlan dish
  6. If you require a baked case, line the pastry with greaseproof paper before filling with baking beans. If you do not have baking beans use a dried pulse or rice.
  7. Otherwise place your filling in the pastry cases and bake in the oven.

The length of time in the oven will depend on what you are baking. The large empty flan dish will take around 25-30 minutes, the little tarts filled with jam or mincemeat will take around 15 minutes.

Posted by OneProudMomma at Tuesday, March 09, 2010 2:11 PM