Banbury Tarts

Banbury Tarts

This weekend I had one of the best Saturdays a Jane Austin fan could have! Some girlfriends and I had a Pride and Prejudice party. Along with tea, food from England, finger foods, Beef Wellington, and cake with Devonshire Cream, and of course the 5 hour BBC version of Pride and Prejudice! I brought these English Banbury Tarts that turned out to be a delightful addition to our tea! They are so flaky and they just melt in your mouth!

Banbury Tarts

Filling:
1 c raisins, chopped
1 c sugar
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 tsp. saltine crackers, rolled
juice and rind of 1 lemon

Pastry:
3 c flour
1 tsp. salt
1 c shortening
4 Tbl. ice water
1-2 Tbl. milk
Preheat oven to 400°. Mix all of the filling ingredients together and set aside to prepare the pastry. Mix flour and salt and cut in shortening with a pastry blender until mixture comes together in pea-sized nuggets. Add water, 1 tsp. at a time, using only what is needed to hold the dough together. Roll onto floured board as for pie crust and cut into 3 ½” rounds. Moisten around the edges with milk. Place a teaspoon of the filling on one side of the rounds and fold over. Press the edges together and prick the tops. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 15-20 minutes.

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