Traditional Scottish Recipes
- Ecclefechan Butter Tart

When travel writer Bruce Stannard from Scots Heritage Magazine was staying at Coul House Hotel he was so impressed by the Ecclefechan Butter Tart that he asked for the recipe. Here it is. As for Ecclefechan, that's a small town in Dunfries and Galloway where the influential philosopher and historian Thomas Carlyle was born.

2 Beaten eggs
6oz (200 gms or just under one US cup) soft brown sugar
1 tbsp vinegar
8oz (250 gms or One and a quarter US cups) mixed dried fruit
2oz (50 gms) chopped walnuts
Prepared shortcrust pastry
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 and put a spoonful of the mixture into each. Bake in a fairly hot oven (190C/375F/Gas Mark 5) for 20-25 minutes.

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