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This wonderful Banbury Tea Tarts recipe was shared with me by my husband’s aunt, Lila Scheer of Vancouver, WA. Lila wrote a recipe column for seven years for the Chinook Observer published in Long Beach, WA. Lila says, “This is an authentic English recipe that was given to me by a former resident of the Peninsula. They are special to me, as they represent my English ancestry.”
There are several regional variations of this classic tart, some calling for raisins, others with figs, candied peel or currants and walnuts. Banbury Tea Tarts can be served either warm or cold and are excellent for a tea party or anytime you want an excellent and simple-to-make dessert!
History: These tarts are named for Banbury Oxfordshire, England. The rhyme dates back to 1784. This song has made Banbury one of the most known English towns,
Ride a cock-horse to Banbury Cross,
To see a fine lady upon a white horse,
With rings on her fingers and bells on her toes,
She shall have music wherever she goes. – English nursery rhyme
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Banbury Tea Tarts Recipe: