Thursday, January 28, 2010

The Canadian Butter Tart

                                                              The Canadian Butter Tart             

Before I go further, I applaud the daring bakers for this visual treat.  The January Food Challenge salutes British Columbia's Nanaimo bar, in support of the coming 2010 Olympics, in Vancouver BC.

As a tree planting cook these were a staple on the lunch table.  Untold misery if you forgot to buy Birds Eye custard.  We cooks soon learned to hide them the night before if we had any hope of getting them to the table the next day.

To get into the spirit of things I have made Canadian butter tarts.  The first know butter tart filling, the voluptious mix of eggs, butter, sugar and currants appeared in a cookbook by the Royal Victoria Hospital's Auxiliary in Barrie Ontario in 1900, attributed to Mrs Malcolm MacCleod.  It appeared again in the daily news from a Mrs BMB in 1908 and again 
in 1911 in the Canadian Farm Cookbook. 

The recipe used today comes from my recipe box, but I think it originally came by way of  The Joy of Baking.

I have used a regular butter pastry dough instead of pate brisee. I do like to cut back on sugar where possible.
This adaptation uses currants (my favorite), instead of raisins (although today it is raisins) and extra whole walnuts.

I'm not fond of corn syrup, which is mostly used in store bought butter tarts.  Brown sugar and butter are the real McCoy and give it that distinct caramel flavor they are so loved for.

go be delicious


Kitchen Masochist said...

They look delicious. I've never had butter tarts before. This is going under my "Try To Make At Least Once" list.

Anonymous said...

Hi Lee Ann, your butter tarts look perfect, I wish I could have one right now with a cup of coffee. It's cold here in Texas. I'm going to have to make them soon.