Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Maple Bacon Butter Tarts - Amazing Appetizers Culinary Challenge featuring California Raisins

A mix of sweet and salty.

Distinctly Canadian.

And did I mention bacon???

Butter tarts are staple around The Littles household during family gatherings and celebrations. The addition of Canadian maple syrup and bacon bring an interesting yet delectable twist on this Canadian classic.

These tasty little tarts can be made mini sized for appetizers or regular sized for dessert.

Use your favourite pastry recipe for the tart shells or use premade ones like the ones from Tenderflake, like I did.

Maple Bacon Butter Tarts
1/4 cup maple syrup
3/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup crispy bacon, broken into little pieces (I used Maple Leaf Lazy Maple Bacon)
1/2 cup raisins
boiling water

Soak raisins in boiled water (this is the secret to great butter tarts). Mix maple syrup, brown sugar, melted butter, eggs and vanilla until well combined. Drain raisins. Divide raisins and bacon equally between the tart shells. Pour batter over raisins and bacon in each shell until the shell is 1/2 - 3/4 full.

Bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes.

Disclosure - I wrote this post as an entry into the Eat Write Retreat Amazing Appetizers Culinary Challenge. I was provided with cooking tools from OXO and California Raisins to complete my recipe.


Deanna - Teaspoon of Spice said...

Oh wow - these have my name written all over them - yum! Look forward to meeting you at EWR!

Souffle Bombay said...

I adore tiny tarts & pies and these look great!! I was thinking along these lines as well for my challenge!
Good luck and hope to meet you at EWR!

Chris Scheuer said...

Oh my! These sound amazing! Looking forward to meeting you at EWR!

Shelby | Diabetic Foodie said...

So cute! Can't go wrong with bacon. Phlly - here we come! Look forward to meeting you.

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