Wednesday, December 21, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Treats, Day 8: Ten Minute Butter Tarts

So I'll be honest. Sometimes I cheat when it comes to baking. One example of this would be using pre-made frozen tart shells. Why? Because to make them by hand is a lot of work, takes up a lot of time, and results in very thick shells that are either too hard or are undercooked. Let's face it, these frozen shells are really great. They taste good, are easy to cook with, and can save you a lot of time when it comes to making tarts at home.
Now who doesn't love delicious butter tarts? These butter tarts are best served 20 minutes out of the oven while they're still warm and the sugary filling in the pie shell is still runny. They also taste great later, but since one batch of filling fills ten frozen tart shells, normally I'm making these tarts as a "I need something sweet RIGHT NOW" treat.

Ten Minute Butter Tarts
1 egg
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup washed and soaked raisins
1 tbs butter (melted)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp salt

First, rinse the raisins and let them soak in a bowl.
Beat the egg in a bowl until it forms small bubbles, then toss in the brown sugar, salt, and melted butter and beat again. Then add in the raisins.
Finally, fill each tart with an equal amount of filling. Then bake for 10-12 minutes at 400 degrees. Then set the tarts onto a cooling rack to cool. Eat immediately! These are soooooo good while they're still warm, I sometimes regret leaving the leftovers in a container overnight.

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1 comment:

  1. interesting combo of flavors... I normally don't like raisins, but this looks so yummy and I think my boyfriend would really like them. :) And there's nothing wrong with "cheating" - do what you gotta do.