Butterscotch Tart

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Butterscotch Tart RecipeYears back, I was introduced to Matt Lewis, of the now very famous Baked Bakery in Brooklyn.  I wasn’t ‘actually’ introduced to him, but rather, I was tuned into the Martha Stewart Show the day he got his feet wet on national T.V.  As he and Martha walked the audience through the process of making his over-the-top Sweet and Salty Cake, I knew without a doubt that Matt was someone to remember.  At the first opportunity, I made his cake, and as anticipated, it was a big success and loved by everyone who ate it.  I longed to visit Baked and vowed that if I ever got to New York I would do just that.
Butterscotch Tart RecipeLittle did I know then just how many trips to New York were to be in my future.  Over a dozen would have been a good guess, and that only brings me to today.  My little girl has been accepted to NYU’s grad school and so it seems that there will be many more visits to the Big Apple in the coming few years.  You may find this as hard to believe as I do, but in all those trips, I still have not made it to Baked.  I have eaten my way through many of Manhattan’s finest bakeries, but Baked hasn’t been scratched off the list as yet.  There isn’t even a good explanation, other than the fact that Matt’s bakery is located SOMEWHERE in Brooklyn, not exactly a hop, skip, or a jump from where Jael lives.

So what does all this have to do with a Butterscotch Tart, you might ask.  Imagine my delight when I found out (years ago) that Matt and his co-author Renato had written a cookbook.  Finally, if not directly in my mouth, all the little goodies sold at their bakery would be in my hands.  What a book!  Far from the ‘same old, same old’, their recipes are all about taking the classics and adding a modern twist.  Every recipe in the book is impressive and tempting, but one that has held my attention for years is their Butterscotch Pudding Tarts.  The forward to this recipe says “tarts that are surprisingly easy to make”.  Well, yes and no.  Just the crust part alone required a half dozen steps, a decent level of skill, and a fair amount of time.  I would debate their disclaimer that these tarts are ‘easy’ – but I took care of that.
Butterscotch Tart RecipeWith a desire to simplify this recipe,  I adapted the crust to one that is pressed into the tart pan, no rolling required.  Making it even less complicated, I made one 12-inch tart instead of eight individual ones.  The tart’s filling is much the same as the original.  Scotch would be the obvious whiskey in a true Butterscotch pudding, but given my Kentucky roots, I couldn’t help but go with Bourbon instead.  You choose according to your whiskey preference.  Let me just say, the pudding filling is incredible.  The essence of both caramel and vanilla arrive assertively on the palate, and the creaminess of the pudding calls for lingering an extra few seconds on the tongue.  The pudding nestled in a crust of whole grain oats further accentuates the complexity of the tart.
Butterscotch Tart RecipeI am headed to New York in a couple of weeks.  Guess where I will be going.  Since baking this tart, I have re-ingnited my desire to visit Baked Bakery.  Hum, should I go there before or after Dominque Ansel’s for a Cronut?  Decisions!  Decisions!
Butterscotch Tart Recipe



Source:  Adapted from Baked

8 thoughts on “Butterscotch Tart

  1. The depth of my ignorance is astounding. It never dawned on me that butterscotch and scotch whiskey in it. Thanks for educating me. Also, what is a cronut?

  2. I adore the idea of visiting New York to visit the famous bakeries! I own Baked and have only tried a few recipes. This oversight will change, I must explore such voluptuous treats as this decadent Butterscotch Tart!

  3. Congrats on Jael being admitted to NYU graduate school! I wish I had reasons to visit NY and all those lovely bakeries. I`ve definitely heard of their books and famous bakery. This tart looks gorgeous and delicious!

    • Thanks Lynna! You don’t NEED a reason to visit NY. Make one up. You should try to get there if you can. You would have a blast. Plus you could work your way through so many delicious bakeries while you were there.