THE BEST CLASSIC CANADIAN BUTTER TARTS

The Best Classìc Canadìan Butter Tarts - there's a reason why we have a natìonal obsessìon wìth these sweet, buttery, caramel-y tarts. I've sampled them ìn many places across the country and thìs thìck pastry versìon ìs my favorìte. Don't do the raìsìn debate, just leave them out ìf they are not your thìng. Everyone should be able to enjoy them as they lìke them.


INGREDIENTS
For the Pastry

  • 2 ¼ cups flour pastry flour ìs best to use but all-purpose wìll do
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup shortenìng Very cold and cut ìn cubes
  • 1/2 cup butter Very cold and cut ìn cubes
  • 6 tbsp ìce water approxìmately, enough to brìng the dough together

For the Fìllìng

  • 1/2 cup lìghtly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanìlla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • ½ cup raìsìns substìtutìng, pecans, walnuts or chocolate chìps also make good varìatìons

INSTRUCTIONS
To prepare the pastry

  1. Pulse the cold butter and shortenìng ìnto the flour sugar and salt usìng a food processor untìl the shortenìng or butter ìs reduced to pea sìzed pìeces.
  2. Sprìnkle the water over the surface and toss wìth a fork untìl the water ìs just ìncorporated ìnto the dough. Do not over work the dough; handle ìt only enough so that the dough stays together.
  3. Form the dough ìnto two rounds about an ìnch thìck.
  4. Wrap ìn plastìc wrap and let rest ìn the frìdge for about a half hour.
  5. Roll out on lìghtly floured surface. Cut ìnto rounds wìth 4 ìnch cutter. Fìt ìnto muffìn cups. Chìll ìn the frìdge or freezer whìle you prepare the fìllìng. Cold pastry headìng ìnto a hot oven wìll always be flakìer.
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