The Best Butter Tarts Recipe From Sratch.

My all time favorite treat as a child was butter tarts.  My mom made them at Christmas and I soon learned how to make them for my own family.  There is something about the sweet, chewy raisin centres that are to die for.



(Makes enough for 3 pies so you can freeze what you don’t use, or half the recipe)

  • 4.5 c. white flour
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten lightly
  • 1 tbsp. white vinegar
  • 1 lb. butter or lard

Directions for crust:

  1. Mix first 3 ingredients well.
  2. Combine egg, vinegar and 1 c. cold water in a glass measuring cup.  Mix well.
  3. Cut butter or lard into dry mixture with pastry cutter until pieces are pea-sized.
  4. Add water mixture, a bit at a time, while tossing with a fork, until dough will form a ball.
  5. Kneed a few times to make a ball.  Roll out half of the dough to about 1/4 inch thick or thinner, as preferred.  Cut into circles with large round cookie cutter or wide mouth mason lid.
  6. Press dough carefully and evenly into un-greased muffin tin.
  7. Freeze extra dough for another day.

Tart Filling:

  • 1 c. raisins
  • 1 c. brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 c. melted butter

Directions for filling the tart shells:

  1. Combine and mix tart filling ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Spoon the filling into the tart shells, about 3/4 full.
  3. Bake at 375F for 15-17 min.
  4. Allow to cool in muffin tin for 10 minutes.
  5. Remove from tins carefully and cool fully.

This post has been linked to Farm Girl Friday Blog Fest #14.

Lemon flax pancakes in coconut oil.

My standard pancake recipe took a twist, a dash and a splash tonight… a twist of lemon, a dash of flax, and a splash of coconut oil.  With fantastic results. 


  • 1 1/2 c. white flour
  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 2 tbsp. ground flax
  • 4 tbsp. demerara sugar
  • 4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • grated lemon zest from 3/4 of a lemon
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • lemon juice from above lemon
  • 4 heaping tbsp. milk powder plus
  • 2 1/8 c. water
  • OR replace milk powder and water with 2 1/8th cup milk, almond milk etc. 
  • 2 tbsp. coconut or olive oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil for frying. 


  • In a medium bowl combine first 7 ingredients and whisk well. 
  • In second medium bowl mix beaten eggs and lemon juice. 
  • In glass pitcher mix water and milk powder well.  Add to eggs and lemon juice and mix well.
  • Add melted coconut oil or olive oil to wet ingredients and mix well. 
  • Make a well in centre of dry ingredients and pour wet ingredients into dry. 
  • Fold ingredients together just until mixed.  Do not over-mix. 
  • Melt half the second amount of coconut oil in frying pan on medium heat and spread to coat pan.
  • Add pancake batter in 1/4 cup amounts.  Flip pancakes when bubbles break. 
  • Add remaining coconut oil as needed to keep pancakes from sticking to pan.
  • Serve with homemade, canned peaches, homemade peach syrup and homemade yogurt for a fantastic, light meal!  (or anything else you like!)

Makes about 15 pancakes.

This article has been shared on Fat Tuesday: March 20th, and Homestead Barn Hop #54.