Saturday, February 10, 2007

Butter Tart Squares

buttertart squares

Don't have the time or patience that's required for butter tarts? Forget all that rolling out pastry, make bars and save yourself some time!  This is a great recipe from Canadian Living that uses a scratch made crust and no corn syrup.  I found that using golden raisins works best, and you can add nuts if you wish, or leave them out.  Either way I think you'll likely need to make two pans, they are so good!

Adapted from Canadian Living


1 cup flour
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter, cold (cubed)

Mix the flour and sugar together in a bowl with a fork. Cut in the butter in with a pastry cutter until it resembles fine crumbs. Press into a 9x9 inch square cake pan. Bake at 350 F for about 15 minutes, or until light golden brown.

Meanwhile, make the filling.


2 Tbsp butter, melted
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 tbsp flour
pinch salt
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup pecans (optional)

Mix the butter, eggs, and brown sugar together. Fold in the baking powder and flour. Stir in the vanilla, salt, raisins, and nuts. Pour over the crust and bake at 350 F for another 20-25 minutes. Let cool before cutting into squares.

Makes 1 9x9 inch pan.
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