How To Make Butter Tarts

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Ingredients

For the pastry, you’ll need:

* 2.25 cups flour
* Half a cup of cold vegetable shortening, cut into half inch pieces
* Half a cup of cold butter, cut into half inch pieces
* 1 tsp salt
* One third of a cup of cold water

Preparation

Place flour, shortening, butter and salt in a food processor. Pulse until mixture resembles course crumbs. Add cold water. Count 30 seconds and then pulse until dough begins to clump together. Empty bowl of food processor onto floured table, divide in 2, and wrap with plastic wrap. Chill at least one hour or overnight in the fridge.

For the filling you’ll need:

* Half a cup of melted butter
* One cup of brown sugar
* 1 egg
* 1 tsp vanilla extract
* 2 tbsp. cream or milk

Preparation

Mix together.

To assemble tarts, roll out the dough on floured board. Cut dough into circles to fit regular sized muffin tins. Grease tins, and then ease dough into the muffin tin.

Add either raisins or pecans (4 or 5 per tart). Add a few tablespoons of the filling to top the raisins/pecans. Tarts should be two thirds full when they go into the oven.

Bake in 350 degree oven for 10 minutes. Check for browned pastry. Depending on your oven – bake for 2-5 min. longer if necessary. When ready, the crust should be slightly browned and the filling should be hot and bubbling. Cool and remove from muffin pans.




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