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Scottish Recipes -Ecclefechan Butter Tart Recipe

Ecclefechan is a small town in Dumfries and Galloway where the influential philosopher and historian Thomas Carlyle was born and is close to the border with England. It also lends its name to this very simple and tasty recipe.

2 Beaten eggs
2oz (50 gms) chopped walnuts
Prepared shortcrust pastry
6oz (200 gms) soft brown sugar
1 tbsp vinegar (use ONLY the correct amount or there may be a bitter aftertaste)
8oz (250 gms) mixed dried fruit
4oz (125 gms or one stick) melted butter

Mix the sugar, butter and beaten eggs together. Stir in the vinegar, then add mixedfiruit and nuts. Line patty tins with pastry (already prepared) and put a spoonful of the mixture into each. Bake in a fairly hot oven (190C/375F/Gas Mark 5) on the middle shelf for 25-30 minutes.

Can be eaten hot or cold and SHOULD be OK for freezing

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