Banbury Tarts are a traditional tea treat named after the town of Banbury, Oxfordshire in England. There are regional variations of this classic tart, some calling for raisins, others with figs, candied peel or currants and walnuts. These tarts, like treacle tart, will remind Canadians of butter tarts. Considering Canada was a British colony, my guess is that the butter tart recipe is simply the Banbury tart paired down to raisins (and or walnuts) and then renamed. The reason my multi pie pastry recipe comes in handy is so that I have extra on hand in the fridge or freezer to quickly roll out and use.
Makes 24 tartlets perfect for tea, or 12 larger muffin sized tarts for snacking. You will yield more tarts if your shell is more shallow.