Butter Tart Bars
Buttery... Rich... Delicious!
Delicious and They Taste Like Traditional Butter Tarts
Do you love butter tarts? Many people do but because of the work involved in making them: preparing pastry, having to roll it out and cut it into rounds, preparing the filling, and so on, they may not make them often.
So how does one get that great taste but without all the work?
Butter tart bars fill the bill perfectly! I came across this recipe years ago and was so pleased with the flavor of these bars, I've been making them ever since. They are that good. They taste every bit as delicious as butter tarts but making them is so much easier.
And here's another thing. Oftentimes, store-bought butter tarts tend to be on the sweet side (some are sicky-sweet), so another plus is that if you make your own butter tart bars, you can taste your topping mixture and adjust your ingredients to make your bars more buttery and not as sweet, if that is your preference. I don't know about you but I don't like the sweet to kill the buttery flavor.
When you make your own butter tart bars, you can also add more nuts and raisins--so much better than store-bought tarts that at times, seem to be shy on these and mostly the sugar mixture.
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One of my all-time favorite recipes.
A Little Taste of Heaven - Chewy Gooey Goodness
Have you ever tried butter tart bars?
No Rolling and Cutting
Okay, so how do you make these lovelies? You make a base mixture and press it into a pan (just as you do for bars that have a base) and then you cover that with the topping mixture. You lightly simmer the topping mixture top-of-stove.
Walnuts or Pecans?
These bars are delicious with chopped walnuts but can also be made with chopped pecans.
- 3/4 cup butter
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 2 1/4 cup flour (scant)
- Use a pastry cutter and cut ingredients until crumbly and well mixed.
- Press into a cake pan. Use your hands to press down on mixture so that it holds together after baking.
- Bake 5 min at 325 degrees. Remove from oven.
While crust is baking, prepare butter tart topping.
I like to lightly boil my butter and brown sugar mixture first for a couple of minutes. This helps the topping mixture develop a nice thickened texture. Remove from element and set aside.
Combine the other ingredients. Add to the butter/sugar mixture in the pot and stir, then keep stirring until all ingredients are well-mixed.
Combine in a bowl:
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup of melted butter
1 1/2 tbsp. vinegar
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/2- 1 cup light brown raisins
1/2- 1 cup chopped walnuts
Avoid over-browned bottoms by double panning or place a cookie sheet on a lower oven rack.
- Pour topping mixture over base and spread out with a spoon until base mixture is covered.
- Bake in 325 degree oven 20-30 minutes, until top and base are cooked.
- Watch and if edges are getting over-browned, reduce oven heat.
- If desired broil for a few minutes until topping is bubbling. If doing this, watch carefully, so that raisins don't burn and turn bitter.
- Remove pan from oven and slice into bars while still warm.
Ready for Eating
When cooled, the topping mixture takes on a wonderful flavorful jellied consistency. One bar is never enough.
Butter Tart Bars Can be Stored in a Tin and Placed in Freezer
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A Tasty Treat
Butter tart bars are one of my all-time favorite recipes and I make them often, especially around Christmas. Indulge yourself with this incredibly rich-tasting treat.
© 2008 Athlyn Green