Butter Tart Bars

Butter tarts are classic Canadiana, and a fiddly nuisance to make!  Rolling out pastry dough, shaping it into tiny tarts, blah, blah, blah.  I used to do this for a living and have a high tolerance for difficulty when it comes to pastries.  I’ll spend 2 days on a wedding cake, but I’m not going to spend 4 making butter tarts.  So I was pretty excited to find this recipe in a bundle of old community cookbooks and loose recipes my Baba gave me.  These are ridiculously easy and taste just like their time consuming sisters!

Butter Tart Bars

base:
¾ cup flour
¼ cup brown sugar
1/3 cup butter

topping:
2 eggs
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup golden syrup or dark corn syrup
¼ cup flour
1/8 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins

Combine the base ingredients until crumbly.  Press into the bottom of a parchment lined 8″ pan.  Bake at 350° for 12 to 15 minutes.

Beats eggs, sugar, and syrup.  Stir in the flour, salt, vanilla, and raisins.  Pour over the baked base.  Return to the oven and bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the topping is golden.  Cool then cut into bars.

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