I've been wondering why I've never made my own butter tarts before. I've surely gone to the grocery store and purchased half a dozen in the past, resisting to not devour the entire box once I got home; but after watching the Canadian women's hockey team kick ass in the last few minutes of the third period and winning in overtime, I was inspired. Inspired to bake deliciousness. Look, they're sweet, rich, butter and melt in your mouth. Who could resist?
The best part is, it's ridiculously simple to make and you probably already have the ingredients in your kitchen.
We begin with dark brown sugar. It has to be dark- that's where all the yumminess resides.
Life is like a box of butter tarts, you never know which one you're gunna get.
Maybe I'll make the filling and just spread it on raisin toast, just like jam. HOW GOOD WOULD THAT BE?!
Canadian Butter Tarts
Makes 12 small servings
- 3/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
- 1 large egg
- 1/4 cup salted butter, softened to room temperature
- 1 tablespoon cream or minimum 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Up to 1/3 cup of add ins, optional (I used raisins and walnuts)
- 12 (2 inch) unbaked tart shells, thawed
- Preheat oven to 350F (170C).
- Cream together butter, sugar.
- Add the egg and mix for a minute or two.
- Toss in the dairy, vanilla and add ins of your choice, combine well.
- Spoon the filling into the tart shells, 3/4 full and bake (middle rack) for about 20 minutes or until your house smells amazing and the shells are golden brown. Allow to cool slightly allowing the filling to set up a little before you inhale it! Plus, it'll be molten hot. Enjoy!