Monday, October 12, 2009

Butter Tart Squares

We are celebrating Thanksgiving in Canada today...enjoying turkey with stuffing and serving pumpkin pie for dessert. Although there won't likely be room for butter tart squares on today's menu...they are a perfect all-Canadian fall treat. Butter tarts are unique to Canada...a rich shortbread crust with a creamy caramel raisin and nut filling. Here is a recipe for butter tarts made easy...the square version.

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans

Preparation:

Combine flour and sugar. With pastry blender, cut in butter until crumbly. Press into cookie sheet (10" x 15"). Bake at 350° F for 15 minutes.

Topping:

  1. Mix together butter and sugar.
  2. Blend in eggs.
  3. Add flour, baking powder, salt and vanilla.
  4. Stir in raisins and pecans.
  5. Pour over base.
  6. Bake at 350° F for 20 to 25 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched.
  7. Allow to cool...then cut into squares.


If you can't finish off the whole pan at once...they freeze well and even taste great partially frozen!