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Canada is a nation divided! Do raisins belong in butter tarts

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What's a butter tart????

 

Googling suggests is a cousin, close cousin, to a chess tart.    Both wending their way from England probably, or at least maybe!


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I usually tell people "picture pecan pie without the nuts," but I just googled "chess tart/pie" and there certainly seems to be a family resemblance. No flour in the butter tart filling, though. Butter, eggs and brown sugar are the core ingredients, and old-school recipes generally include some vinegar to invert the sugar (modern recipes, like pecan pie recipes, sometimes call for corn syrup instead). Some add cream, as well. The crust should be pie crust, not the cookie-crumb crust I saw in the chess tart recipes I looked up.

 

In the smaller individual-tart size, the crust balances the sweetness of the filling.

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Must have currants or raisins. 

 

No pecans, chocolate, cranberries, orange peel or any of that rubbish. 

 

I admit I like making them as squares, mainly because I don't have patience to fiddle with a bunch of individual tart shells. Extra generous with the currants, though.

 

 

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7 hours ago, Beebs said:

Must have currants or raisins. 

 

No pecans, chocolate, cranberries, orange peel or any of that rubbish. 

 

I admit I like making them as squares, mainly because I don't have patience to fiddle with a bunch of individual tart shells. Extra generous with the currants, though.

 

 

Squares are the best.


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Squares are indeed the best because you get more filling and not so much of that nonsense crust (sorry crust fans, but butter tarts are all about the gooey filling!!!)

 

Walnuts, pecans, raisins - all accepted and delicious in their own right.

 

Anything else is blasphemy!

 

 

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Butter tarts.

 

Plain - excellent

Raisins - very good

Pecans  -  nice

anything else....nope, go away.

 

 

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