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.

 

Crust

(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.

Homemade, Whole Wheat Tortilla Shells. Soft, tasty and preservative-free.

Tacos, fajitas, tortillas, wraps… whatever you call them, they make an easy, quick meal that almost everyone likes, even the pickiest children.  You can stuff them with vegetables, peanut butter and bananas, salmon, beef, chicken, fruit, pretty much anything goes.  You can make them as healthy as you like.  Or can you?  Have you ever read the ingredients of typical soft taco wraps?  Here is an ingredient list for Dempster’s original flour tortillas.

Enriched wheat flour, water, vegetable oil (canola or soybean), salt, sodium acid pyrophosphate, potassium sorbate, sodium bicarbonate, sodium propionate, monoglycerides, sodium stearoyl-2-lactylate, fumaric acid, cellulose gum, carrageenan, maltodextrin. May contain sulphites. [K804]

Impressive!  Just want you want to eat, right?  Aside from the soybean oil, I can’t even pronounce the other unacceptable ingredients.    They are pretty much all preservatives.  No wonder they last so long.

I flatly refuse to buy these anymore.  It takes me half an hour or less to make them from scratch.  They taste delicious.  They freeze nicely and store in the fridge as long as bread does.  The ingredients are simple, and now you can really, truly have healthy, safe tortillas.  You can even buy or make tortilla presses which would significantly decrease the amount of time it takes to make them.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 c. whole wheat flour
  • 1 c. white flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 c. warm water (may add more to achieve appropriate texture)

Directions

  1. Mix flour, salt and baking powder in a bowl.
  2. Slowly add water, mixing to combine.  Add extra water by the tbsp. if needed.  Dough will form a ball.  Do not make too wet!
  3. Kneed dough for briefly.
  4. Divide into 8 equal pieces.
  5. With flour on counter and on rolling pin, roll out each piece into a flat, thin circle. Add flour to rolling pin and counter as necessary to prevent dough sticking to counter.
  6. Cook in ungreased frying pan over medium-low heat until one side is just starting to bubble.  Flip and repeat.  Caution: this stage is easy to burn.  Keep heat low and watch carefully!
  7. Serve warm or cold.  Enjoy!

Notes

  • The longer you cook your tortilla the harder (crisper) it will get.  Don’t let it brown or it will be hard to fold!
  • Store in airtight container for the length of time you would store homemade bread.
  • These freeze beautifully!
  • Makes 8 tortillas.
  • Doubles easily.

This recipe has been adapted from Whole Wheat Wraps Recipe.

This post has been shared on Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways #32.