Wednesday, January 2, 2008

I'm a delinquent...

.... not really, but sort of .... cuz, I promised this awhile ago and finally today I remembered that I had said I would post it ... but, only after seeing Louise's comment. Head like a sieve ..... oh, well, seeing as this is a food blog it seems appropriate for it to be a kitchen utensil. ...

Use your favourite pastry recipe or use one from a package of Crisco or Tenderflake. .. It is always a good idea to read through the whole recipe first to see what you decide to add or not bother using..... and remember, I always toss in my two cents worth to let you know what I prefer ...

Butter Tarts

1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 or 2 eggs
1 cup currants or raisins ( I use a lot less)
1 Tbsp. lemon juice(optional)
1/2 tsp. vanilla

(This is so quick & easy it is not even worth getting out your mixer.)

Cream butter; add sugar and mix.
Add well beaten egg, fruit and flavouring; mix well.
Line tart tins with pastry and 1/2 fill with mixture.
Bake at 375F 10 to 12 minutes.
Makes 1 dozen medium sized tarts. (It actually makes a few more)

............ Cranberry butter tarts ... just use dried cranberries instead of raisins...or use a mixture of the two ) ... some people don't like too many raisins in their tarts... so sometimes I just use a few and some toasted walnuts. If you don't want them to be quite so sweet ..add the lemon juice cuts the sweetness nicely and adds something to the overall flavour. If you like them even sweeter..add a few tablespoons of corn syrup or Rogers Golden syrup (mmm that one adds yummy, runny,sweetness!)


FrenchGardenHouse said...

Happy New Year! I can't look any further, being on the "new year's diet" must fly to the little bear's blog.:)
xo lidy

Anonymous said...

Those tarts look delish. Yes, you are right ~ Milo's tongue is poking out...I think he's so cute when he does that, too. :)

this is my patch said...

Thanks for the posting Vee, I shall definitely be trying these, I am sure we used to have a version of this, cooked on a larger scale, at school, served with custard! x

Sandi McBride said...

Vee, my grandmother used to make what she called Chess was this, 'cept it was a pie, not a tart. I am definitely gonna try these for future family events...I like the smallness of them, to rich to eat a big slice of pie! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the birthday wishes and visiting with me...I love your banner!

Anonymous said...

mm..those look so good. Perfect for a tea tray!

Debbie said...

Ooooh - yummy! What a great tart recipe. We love cranberries and my daughters & I enjoy having tea together - we may have to feature these for our next "Princess Tea Party."

I Play Outside The Box said...

Oh my....these look yummy!

Gwen Buchanan said...

This recipe is great.. made it twice in the last couple months.. they went fast!!!