Canadian Butter Tarts

 Happy New Year!!!  I made some food for a friend that had a party last night. I was in bed by 8:00.  I am such a fun person.  I made a bunch of Canadian butter tarts which though they aren't very pretty, they are one of the best things you will ever eat.  Here's the recipe:

For the Pastry
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ cup shortening (Very cold and cut in cubes)
  • ½ cup butter (Very cold and cut in cubes)
  • 6 tbsp ice water (approximately, enough to bring the dough together)
For the Filling
  • ½ cup lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup corn syrup
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp salt

To prepare the pastry
  1. Pulse the cold butter and shortening into the flour sugar and salt using a food processor until the shortening or butter is reduced to pea sized pieces.
  2. Sprinkle the water over the surface and toss with a fork until the water is just incorporated into the dough. Do not over work the dough; handle it only enough so that the dough stays together.
  3. Form the dough into two rounds about an inch thick.
  4. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest in the fridge for about a half hour.
  5. Roll out on lightly floured surface. Cut into rounds with 4 inch cutter. Fit into muffin cups. Chill in the fridge or freezer while you prepare the filling.
To make the filling
  1. Combine all filling ingredients.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Fill  the shells ⅔ full with syrup mixture.
  4. Bake on bottom shelf of oven at 425 degrees F for 12 to 15 minutes.
  5. Cool completely on a wire rack and remove tarts from from pans.

I also made some mini pumpkin pies.
And another Xmas tree cheese ball.  Here's to 2017!  Bring it on!!!


Anonymous said…
It all look so yummy!

Have a good continuing of the new year!

Happy New Year, Joyce! We had some butter tarts at our NY party last night too. Homemade by a friend, yum.
Leanna said…
Joyce sweetie, why do you do this to me? I have to diet for days after drooling on your blog. Happy New Year darlin, to you and yours. Let's hope it's a better one.
Silver in AZ said…
oh my gosh they sound yummy, but yeah, I can't be thinking about making these; I just got done with my NY resolutions. LOL Have a wonderful new year!
greekwitch said…
Please feed me! Pleaaase! I promise I will wash the plates afterwards!
Gemmagirl said…
Butter tarts a staple in our Canadian home. I don't eat them anymore sine I've sworn off sugar and flour and grains but still like to make them for family and friends. Blessings, health and happiness to you and yours in the New Year.
Jan said…
OMG!I went to college with a girl from Canada and her mother taught me to make these. The only difference is we add raisins. They are so yummy.
Your food not only sounds delicious it looks GORGEOUS too.
Teacats said…
A couple of Canucks living in Texas -- brought homesick tears to my eyes to read about your wonderful butter tarts! Reminds me of family get-togethers; weddings; summer farmers' markets and church and school fall fairs! There are "Butter Tart" bakery tours around Ontario too! There are SO many ways and means to make a butter tart (some with runny centers or firm centers or added raisins or added nuts). Those tarts are a True North and coast-to-coast Canadian staple! Other possible recipes to try -- tortiere which is a French-Canadian meat pie and the very sweet treat called Nanaimo bars! Cheers to you and your hearth and home in 2017! Jan