Old School Butterscotch tart (2024)

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I got love for you if you were born in the 80's?! Who remembers this delicious Old School Butterscotch tart?!

I have fond memories of this fantastic rich sticky, butterscotch tart. Usually served up with whipped cream or custard in the school canteen!

I have included a slideshow below of this Old School British School dessert below

If you want to get on and make this Butterscotch Tart at home scroll to the bottom for a printable recipe sheet, containing all measurements and instructions.

However, if you want some extra tips and tricks read on below.

Love to make it for my children (and us!) to show them what school desserts were like before the 2005 guidelines kicked in.

I do agree with the idea of healthier school meals but this dessert is sadly becoming a missed childhood memory!

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See below for step by step guide of how to make this tart yourself at home.

It is really very easy and quick aside from the cooling time!

How to make Old School Butterscoth Tart?

Simply melt the butter with 30ml milk on low heat (I use whole milk but any will work) pour in soft light brown sugar, and stir , watch as it marbles together into a caramel colour.

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Mix the remaining 70ml of milk with 4 tablespoon of flour making sure to stir well, so no lumps. Slowly pour into the butterscotch mixture whilst whisking it (to prevent lumps from forming).

What is the difference between Butterscotch Sauce and Caramel Sauce?

Caramel is made using granulated white sugar, whereas butterscotch uses light brown sugar. That is the only difference!

Help my Butterscotch sauce is Lumpy?

In the early days of making this, I made the mistake of not stiring the flour in with the milk, which made a lumpy Butterscotch sauce.... please if this happens to you do not give up!!
Simply use a sieve to push the sauce through the lumps.

Making own or using store-bought Pastry case for a tart?

Store-bought pastry tart is a quicker option, but if you did want to make your own pastry cases check out our Sweet Shortcrust Pastry Tart post for all the tips, tricks and how to make your own perfect dessert shorcrust pastry!

If you do make your own, make it before you make the sauce, as the sauce needs to be poured in whilst it is warm!

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Pour the (still warm) butterscotch sauce into the tart case. Just pour all in the middle, it will spread out to the edges by itself!!

Cover without letting anything touch the sauce (we use a microwave splash cover) Place in the fridge to set, for about 3 hours.

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That's it your ready to serve!!

Tastes great with whipped cream, squirty spray cream, double cream or custard!

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Alternatively, take it a step further and try adding toffee popcorn and Mini Jazzies! Mix it up using your favourite toppings!?

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We used Popcorn Shed, Mini Pop Toffee Popcorn to decorate, fantastic toffee flavour, the popcorn is half the size of regular pop corn so perfect for decorating and also great for snacking on too!

So, there you have it, feel free to share this amazing Old School Dessert with friends you went to school with, for nostalgic memories together!

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Old School Butterscotch Tart

Luke and Kay - Flawless Food

Who remembers this delicious Old School Butterscotch tart?!

I have fond memories of this fantastic rich sticky, butterscotch tart. Usually served up with whipped cream or custard in the school canteen!

This classic school dessert is surpisingly easy and quick to make, follow along our recipe.

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Prep Time 5 minutes mins

Cook Time 5 minutes mins

Cooling time 3 hours hrs

Total Time 3 hours hrs 10 minutes mins

Course Dessert

Cuisine British

Servings 8 People

Calories 365 kcal

Ingredients

  • Sweet Shortcrust Pastry Tart - Shop brought or follow link for our homemade recipe

Butterscotch Filling

  • 180 grams (¾ cup) Unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoon (30 ml) Milk - full fat is best, but any will work
  • 180 grams (1 cup) Soft Light Brown Sugar

mix together the below before adding to sauce to prevent lumps

  • 4 tbsp Plain Flour
  • 6 tablespoon (80 ml) Milk - full fat is best, but any will work

Optional........ your favourite toppings?! Such as popcorn, chocolate, meringue, cream, fruit.

Instructions

  • Make your Sweet Shortcrust Pastry Tart case first or use a pre made case from the shop?

    Sweet Shortcrust Pastry Tart

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  • Melt the butter with 2 tablespoon of milk in a pan over a low heat.

    180 grams (¾ cup) Unsalted butter, 2 tablespoon (30 ml) Milk

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  • Once the butter is melted, stir the sugar in and keep stiring at low heat, until sugar is fully dissolved.

    180 grams (1 cup) Soft Light Brown Sugar

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  • Place the flour into a small bowl, add 6tbsp milk and mix into a fine paste.

    4 tablespoon Plain Flour, 6 tablespoon (80 ml) Milk

  • Pour the flour paste slowly, bit by bit in to the pan whilst constantly whisking, for 2-3 mins until its thickened.

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  • Take off heat and allow to cool slightly for 5 minutes.

  • Pour the mixture into the tart case until evenly spread and place in the fridge for 3-4 hrs to set, before serving.

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Nutrition

Calories: 365kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 2gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 101mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22gVitamin A: 583IUCalcium: 42mgIron: 1mg

Keyword 80's recipe, gypsy tart, nostalgic, retro, school dessert, shortcrust pastry tart

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