Skip to main content
45Total Time
25Prep Time
20Bake Time

Ecclefechan tarts

7 Reviews

About the bake

These pastry tarts are named after the village of Ecclefechan in Dumfries and Galloway and have a treacly filling of dark muscovado sugar, dried fruit and cherries.

45Total Time
25Prep Time
20Bake Time


  1. Step 1:

    For the pastry, sift the flour, icing sugar and salt into a bowl.  Add the butter and rub in with your finger tips until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs, alternatively you can do this in a food processor.

  2. Step 2:

    Mix the egg yolk and extract into the flour mixture and add a tablespoon of cold water.

  3. Step 3:

    Using a butter knife bring the pastry together, adding a little more water if needed. Wrap in cling film and chill for 30 minutes.

  4. Step 4:

    Meanwhile mix all the filling ingredients together.

  5. Step 5:

    Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C, gas mark 4). Roll out the pastry to about a 3mm thickness on a lightly floured surface. Use a 7.5 cm round cutter to stamp out 12 discs and line a 12 hole deep bun tin. Prick the pastry cases with a fork.

  6. Step 6:

    Divide the fruit mixture between the cases.

  7. Step 7:

    Bake in the oven for 15 - 20 minutes until golden, cool in the tin for 5 minutes before removing onto a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to serve.


  • For the pastry

    • 125g Allinson's Plain White Flour
    • 40g Silver Spoon Icing Sugar
    • 0pinch Salt
    • 60g Butter (salted) (at room temperature, cut into cubes)
    • 1 Egg yolk(s) (free range) (medium)
    • 1 tsp Orange extract
  • For the filling

    • 60g Butter (salted) (melted)
    • 100g Billington's Unrefined Dark Muscovado Sugar
    • 1 Egg(s) (free range) (medium, beaten)
    • 1 tbsp White wine vinegar
    • 100g Dried mixed fruits
    • 60g Glacé cherries (chopped)
    • 30g Almonds (flaked)
    • 1 tsp Orange extract
    •  Silver spoon icing sugar (to dust)


  • Mixing bowl
  • Food processor (optional)
  • Butter knife
  • Clingfilm
  • Rolling pin
  • 7.5cm cutter
  • 12 hole bun tin

Great recipes and more at

Exclusive gifts and kits to take your baking to the next level Competitions and baker of the month prizes More than 1,000 recipes to try.