Monday, March 07, 2011

Fearless Females Blog ~ Nana's Butter Tarts

Fearless Females ~ Favorite Recipe
 Share a favorite recipe from your mother or grandmother’s kitchen. Why is this dish your favorite? If you don’t have one that’s been passed down, describe a favorite holiday or other meal you shared with your family.

Nana was a wonderful cook ( I did not inherit this talent ) but of all the foods she made my favorite was her Butter Tarts. I have tried making these twice and can never get them to melt in your mouth like Nana's did.
BUTTER TART'S
Pastry
2 cups flour
1 cup shortening
teaspoon salt
1 egg
1 tablespoon vinegar
2 tablespoons cold water
Filing
4 cups brown sugar
8 tablespoons Butter
4 eggs
4 teaspoons Vanilla
1/3 Cup Beehive Syrup ( for those in the States Karo's Dark corn syrup)
2 cups Raisins
1 cup Chopped walnuts
Pastry
Blend the shortening and the flour with a pastry cutter until you've created a uniform mixture that is crumbly and about the size of frozen peas.

In a separate bowl, mix 1 egg, 1 tbsp white vinegar and 2 tbsp cold water. Add to shortening and flour mixture.

Mix all ingredients together, but only until just mixed. Wrap in cellophane and place in freezer for 10-15 mins. Roll out dough onto floured surface  Using either a cookie cutter or jar lid, cut out circles from the dough. Press dough circles into a muffin pan.

Filling
In another bowl, mix well corn syrup, brown sugar, melted butter and egg. Add vanilla and stir in raisins and walnuts Spoon filling into pastry shell to just below the rim.

Bake at 400 for about 10 mins until golden brown.


Lisa Alzo,  has brought back a 31-day series of blogging themes called Fearless Females, in honor of celebrating March as Women's History Month. To read more about this series visit Lisa's blog the Accidental Genealogist

1 comment:

  1. These look delicious. I expected to see pecans in the recipe, was surprised to see raisins. If I baked these, I'm afraid I would eat most of them myself (since there are only two of us here and one is diabetic!).

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