Mary's Bean Tarts Recipe
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Mary's Bean Tarts Recipe

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This tart's main ingredient, beans, are not necessarily thought of as a dessert but these tarts are so sweet that they could be served as an appetizer or dessert.—Mary Fleming, Bow Island, Alberta
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 cup cooked great northern beans or pinto beans
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • Dried currants
  • 24 prepared 3-in. tart shells

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 124 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 23mg cholesterol, 67mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (17g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein.


  1. Mash or puree beans; add eggs. Add the butter, brown sugar, corn syrup, vanilla and nutmeg; beat well. Place a few currants in each tart shell. Add filling.
  2. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until nicely browned. Yield: 2 dozen tarts.
Editor's Note: Maple flavoring can be substituted for vanilla extract, and pecans or walnuts for currants.
Originally published as Mary's Bean Tarts in Country Woman January/February 1992, p40

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