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Canadian Butter Tarts

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Canadians will certainly be encouraged to taste these sweet and butter-flavored bite-sized tarts. They can recognize their taste since childhood – the dessert is traditionally Canadian, but you will like it as well!   

Ingredients
Ingredients
  • flour: 1.25 cup
  • salt: 0.5 tsp
  • sugar: 1 Tbsp (granulated)
  • unsalted butter: 0.75 cup (0.5 cup for the dough and 0.25 cup for the cream)
  • ice water: 0.25 cup (up to 0.5 cup)
  • brown sugar: 0.5 cup
  • syrup: 0.5 cup (golden syrup or light corn syrup OR maple syrup or more packed light brown sugar)
  • egg: 2 piece
  • vanilla essence: 1 tsp
  • heavy whipping cream: 2 Tbsp
  • raisins: 0.5 cup (or pecans or walnuts - chopped and roasted)
canadian butter tarts
Stages of cooking
Stages of cooking
canadian butter tarts
1

To cook the dessert properly, make sure all the ingredients are refrigerated. Let’s start with pate brisee first.  With this purpose, mix sugar, flour and salt in a deep bowl.

canadian butter tarts
2

Add butter and mix the ingredients together to get coarse crumbs. This should take about 10-15 seconds if you use a food processor. In case you mix the ingredients in a bowl, cut the butter with a sharp knife and then mix everything well. 

canadian butter tarts
3

Add ice water then, but do that gradually. Start with 0.25 of a cup and keep processing until the dough is ready.  If necessary, add more water. You should not need more than 1/2 cup of water. Knead the dough, wrap it into plastic wrap (kitchen film) and leave in a fridge for about one hour.

 

canadian butter tarts
4

Roll out the dough then and cut 12 round pieces. Spread each of them in muffin forms and leave in a fridge for about 30 minutes more.

canadian butter tarts
5

Meanwhile, let’s cook the butter filling. Firstly, pre-heat the oven to 190 C (375 F). If you are going to use raisins, pour them with hot tap water for about 10 - 15 minutes.  Drain before adding. Take a medium-sized bowl, mix butter and brown sugar.

 

canadian butter tarts
6

Take another bowl and cook the syrup by warming it on the warm water bath. Whisk the eggs then, add vanilla extract and stir in the cream.

canadian butter tarts
7

Add the liquid mixture to the creamed butter and brown sugar and stir the ingredients. Add raisins or nuts and mix once again.

canadian butter tarts
8

Remove the muffin forms from the refrigerator and carefully spoon about 2/3 - 3/4 of the butter filling inside them. Bake in the oven for about 15 - 20 minutes.  Serve warm or cool! Bon appétit!

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