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Maple Butter Tarts


Hands-on time: 25 minutes

Total time: 2 hours

¾ cup packed brown sugar ½ cup maple syrup (No. 1

medium grade) ⅓ cup butter, melted 2 eggs 1 tbsp cider vinegar ½ tsp salt ½ cup chopped walnut halves ¼ cup dried currants ¼ cup golden raisins


1¼ cups all-purpose flour ¼ tsp salt ¼ cup cold butter, cubed ¼ cup cold lard, cubed 2 tbsp ice water (approx) 4 tsp sour cream

SOUR CREAM PASTRY: In bowl, whisk flour with salt. Using pastry blender, cut in butter and lard until in fine crumbs with a few larger pieces.

Whisk water with sour cream; drizzle over flour mixture, tossing briskly with fork and adding more water if necessary to form ragged dough. Press into disc; wrap and refrigerat­e until chilled, about 30 minutes. (Make-ahead: Refrigerat­e for up to 3 days.)

On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to generous ©-inch (3 mm) thickness. Using 4-inch (10 cm) round cutter, cut out 12 circles, rerolling and cutting scraps. Fit into 12 muffin cups; refrigerat­e for 30 minutes.

Makes: 12 servings Make your own delectable custardy tarts instead of buying them. We’ve subbed in the very Canadian ingredient maple syrup for the more common corn syrup. Plus, we’ve included variations on the classic, with chocolate and pecans instead of raisins. Meanwhile, whisk together brown sugar, maple syrup, butter, eggs, vinegar and salt. Divide walnuts, currants and raisins among pastry shells. Spoon scant ¼ cup filling into each shell.

Bake in 350ºF (180ºC) oven until filling is set and pastry is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Run thin knife around edges to release tarts. Let cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Transfer to rack; let cool completely. (Make-ahead: Store in single layer in airtight container at room temperatur­e for up to 24 hours.)

PER SERVING: about 283 cal, 3 g pro, 15 g total fat (7 g sat. fat), 35 g carb, 1 g fibre, 55 mg chol, 204 mg sodium. % RDI: 4% calcium, 9% iron, 8% vit A, 13% folate.

CHANGE IT UP Maple Chocolate Butter Tarts Replace currants and raisins with ½ cup chopped bitterswee­t chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips. Maple Pecan Butter Tarts Omit walnuts and currants. Add ½ cup chopped pecans. Nut-Free Raisin-Free Maple Butter Tarts Omit walnuts, currants and raisins.

Find out where Canadian Living readers get Canada’s best butter tarts at canadianli­ buttertart­s.

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