Day 12 – Christmas Butter Tarts
We wrap up our 12 days of Christmas cookies with butter tarts – a Canadian tradition. Butter tarts were common in pioneer Canadian cooking and they remain a characteristic pastry of our country, considered one of only a few recipes of genuinely Canadian origin. So what would the Christmas holidays be without this quintessential dessert?
1 cup raisins
1 cup brown sugar
2 tbsp butter
1 egg beaten
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Scald raisins and drain. Add sugar, butter, egg and vanilla. Pour scalded ingredients into tiny tart pastry cups. Bake 20 minutes at 375 degrees, until the filling is a semi-solid with a crunchy top. (Double the recipe makes 3 dozen tarts.)