Thursday, December 9, 2010

Butter Tarts

I finally started my Christmas baking, over the weekend. These are the only desserts I've made so far. My days just keep getting shorter and shorter. And with Hubby in the kitchen, completing cake orders, it's a little hard to get any baking done. Sunday, however, I managed to sneak into the kitchen, while Hubby was at work, Queenie was napping and Mr.B was playing in his room.

Butter tarts. Little tarts full of sweet gooey filling and raisins. YUM!! My Mom makes these every year for Christmas. I knew Hubby and MIL were crazy about them, so I decided to make some, myself. They look like they would take a lot of work, but they really are simple to make. To make them even simpler, you could buy pre made tart shells; but I decided to make everything from scratch. I unfortunately had to have one, since it fell apart, as I was taking it our of the mold.

(awww, shucks! I love when that happens, LOL)

I was too impatient and forgot I had to let them cool completely, before even thinking of taking them out. So remember, use pre made shell if you want, it's no sin and cool completely, or they'll just break and ooze and you'll have to eat them all right then and there.


Butter Tarts

pie dough (enough for 18 shells) or pre made shells
1/3 C raisins
1/4 C butter, softened
1/2 C packed brown sugar
1 C light corn syrup
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla

In a small bowl, cover raisins with boiling water. Soak until plump and drain. Set aside.

If using pie dough, roll it out to 1/8 inch thickness. Cut 2 times bigger, than muffin tin holes. Gently push into tins, crimping excess dough together. Set aside.

Cream butter with the brown sugar. Add in corn syrup, eggs, salt and vanilla. Beat until well incorporated and glossy.

Sprinkle a few raisins (10 or so) into each tart shell. Fill each shell, half full, with filling and bake at 375 degree for 15-18 minutes (tops should be a dark golden brown). Makes 12-18 large tarts, or 12 large and 12 mini tarts

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Brenda said...

Great minds think alike Cindy. I'm making butter tarts next Tuesday as I have a day off work. They're so delicious and I love them as they're so Canadian, eh? :o) Have a great day!

MM said...

Such a trooper--eating the one that fell apart. You're a stand up kinda gal! ;-)

Louanne said...

I just saw something on the foodnetwork about these. I love that they have raisins in the filling.

Mary said...

These look delicious. If time permits I'll add them to my baking list. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. Blessings...MAry

Sean Grey Hanson said...

This looks and sounds truly delicious.

Pamela said...

I'm thinking your blog could be illegal. :-) In a word--yum! These tarts look wonderful and I can't wait to make them.

Wendy said...

Never heard of butter tarts, but I'm all over them. YUM! Thanks for linking up to Tip Day Thursday. Link up anytime.

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