every christmas as a little girl, without a doubt, there was always shortbread, butter tarts, and hungarian pastry. my mom would spend hours...days, baking massive batches of treats. christmas is just not christmas without the homemade treats.
since the holidays are about sharing, there really is no better gift to give then that of beautifully made food by loving hands, i would like to share some of my favourite treats.
for the pastry, you can go ahead and purchase tart shells already made or give a go to making your own pastry.
my mom always used the tenderflake recipe from the box of tenderflake, recently i started using the joy of cooking for butter tarts, which is where i am pretty sure my mom got her recipe from to begin with. i remember her joy of cooking cookbook...loved and well worn from many years of use. pages falling out, stains from adventures in baking...i digress :)
Pie Crust Pastry:
1 1/4 cups (175 grams) all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon (15 grams) granulated white sugar
1/2 cup (113 grams) cold unsalted butter, cut into 1 inch (2.5 cm) pieces
1/8 to 1/4 cup (30 - 60 ml) ice water
Butter Tart Filling:
1/3 cup (70 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (210 grams) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup (60 ml) light cream (half-and-half) (10% butterfat)
1/2 cup (120 ml) raisins