Cheesiest thing ever, but I loved it. You should go listen to the song (link above) if you haven't already! Anyway, when looking for a recipe to make these, I came across a Joy of Cooking one, and I bookmarked it to make, but then I came across one with a maple flavor by the Canadian cooking blog, Closet Cooking, and knew that was the one I had to make. I only changed one thing- I omitted the raisins and just added more walnuts in their place.
These are like tiny pecan pies, but with walnuts. I love pastries like this- so delicious. I found one pastry for a single-crust pie (using my mom's recipe) was the perfect amount for this. I cut circles that were a little less than 4 inches. Then press them into a standard muffin tin.
Maple Butter Tarts
adapted from Closet Cooking
1 pie crust pastry for a single-crust pie (chilled)
1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup butter (melted)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts (chopped)
1/2 cup raisins (optional- or just sub with more walnuts)
1. Roll the pastry out to 1/8 inch thick and cut out 12, 4-5 inch circles. Press the circles of dough into a standard sized muffin pan. Chill the muffin pan in the fridge for 45-60 minutes.
2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Mix the egg, brown sugar, maple syrup, butter,vanilla extract, salt, walnuts and raisins (or extra walnuts) in a bowl. Pour the mixture into the tart shells. Bake until set, about 15-25 minutes.
Our meal to Celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving! :)
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