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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 that 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 delicious. They taste every bit as good as butter tarts but making them is so much easier.
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 ingredients and that mostly contain the thickened sugar mixture.
Three Thumbs Up
One of my all-time favorite recipes.
A Little Taste of Heaven
Have you ever tried butter tart bars?
Okay, so how do you make these lovelies? You make a base mixture and press it into a pan and then you cover that with a topping mixture you make on top of the stove. You then bake these bars in the oven.
- 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.
Walnuts or Pecans?
These bars are delicious with chopped walnuts but can also be made with chopped pecans.
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
Making the Topping Mixture
Combine ingredients in a bowl and then pour over baked base mixture.
Lightly boil the butter and brown sugar mixture first for a couple of minutes. This helps the finished topping mixture develop a nice, jellied texture.
Remove from element and set aside.
Combine the other ingredients. Add to the butter/sugar mixture in the pot and stir until all ingredients are well-mixed.
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.
These bars freeze well and are every bit as tasty when thawed.
Butter Tart Bars Can be Stored in a Tin and Placed in Freezer
A Tasty Treat
Indulge yourself with this incredibly rich-tasting treat, bars that can easily be made in the home kitchen, are half the work, and that taste just like butter tarts.
© 2008 Athlyn Green