So as a Canadian living aboard I feel it is my patriotic duty to propagate Canadian culture wherever I go. So this year when deciding what holiday treats to whip up for my favourite Hungry Ghost Baristas and coworkers, I settled on the Canadian Christmas Classic, Butter Tarts. I packaged up each tart in a holiday box accompanied by a Christmas note (and explanation of the Canadianisms of this truly festive dessert). They were loved by all who received them. Merry Christmas!
Canadian Butter Tarts
Makes 24 tarts
- 24 small tart shells (shortbread are the traditional shells to use but they can be hard to procure in the USA)
- you can also make your own shortbread crusts if you wish
- 1/2 cup of raisin
- 1/2 cup of finely chopped walnut pieces
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 2 1/2 cups of packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla
- 4 eggs
- 2 teaspoons of coconut flour
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, and line up your tart shells on two cookie sheets (12 per sheet)
- Sprinkle raisins and walnut pieces into the bottoms of each tart. Distribute evenly among all 24 tarts.
- Melt butter
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together butter, brown sugar and vanilla.
- Whisk in the eggs.
- Stir in the coconut flour.
- Pour a tablespoon of filling into each tart.
- Place in the oven and bake for 12 to 18 minutes, until tarts set. Check on them regularly to make sure they don’t burn.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool before serving.