It was not a great day a while back in October..Kitchen wise..photo wise..and art wise..
thank goodness the tea was good..I have the Dowager too♥
..but this day was a rosebud day:)
I decided to make butter tarts..from my best and longest 43 yr old recipe..
I tried a different dough,which is absolutely delish..but not right for butter tarts,because the dough is sweet and the tart filling is of course..sweet..I even cutely blind baked;)
plus I used my mom's old muffin tin..
even w/ blind baking..a touch of that butter tart filling seeps in or over..
Yet..Jacques ate them all..
so I started over the next day:)
with a different dough.. same pan..
my engineer husband said ..why don't you put parchment in the bottom of each?
Oy..really? Anyways not hard at all..just keep folding your parchment and cut the desired circle size in one shot..and SPRAY your tin..
overfows and all..perfecto..
Pastry of your choice..use a tried and true..cut w/ a cutter that is bigger than your cavity because the circle must fit inside and a bit above.
One big tbsp butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 egg well beaten
4 tbsps corn syrup..SYRUP:)
walnuts and raisins are optional.I plumped my raisins.
Melt the butter..mix..fill cavities..not too high as this mixture puffs..bake in a 400 F oven until dough is golden and top bubbly..mine took about 20 minutes..remember every oven is so different.
I love wearing an apron on a miz day outside.. and baking.
and while everything was baking and cooling..I decided I was not busy enough and painted..
well ..you know what I mean..when I say ;" painted.." painting - 101.
I have seen so many artworks w/ similar English crockery as my mom's..I tried..
I used Ronelle's splashes and splotches..TY..Ronelle..I am getting it a bit I think;)
I used Vivian's frame..at least I think I did..I think I remember Vivian mentioning this..if not..go and enjoy anyways:)
I am looking forward to her next book..I am grateful to have 2 already.
and Nancy's bookgift she sent me..Nancy ,my friend,with no blog.
The book has Ivory pages and bigger than what I am used to..
so I use the frame..and draw a rectangle and paint INSIDE the box:)
Funny side story to my butter tarts..so the recipe is ..my guess.. 45 yrs old and I am 61..and it is handwritten in my second cookbook when I was 21..
I had put corn OIL ..there must have been a reason..the person must have said corn OIL..because I did not know the difference between corn OIL and syrup..back then..so for about 5 yrs..well my recipe.. left much to be desired..failure after failure...No kidding..
Finally..learning a bit more..I changed corn oil for corn syrup.
Quintessential Canadian Christmas Dessert table fare..
Fresh is best..but I have frozen to rave reviews too.
You don't have to wait for Christmas..
P.S.I just got a new book I am enjoying so much and I have not even put it to it's highest and best use yet..
I'll come back w/ a post and recommend it..the author has no clue who I am..it's just a book I thought I would love and I do♥
I do that a lot don't I?
Also..we have watched a few British Baking shows..and I had never heard of hot water pastry..can't wait to try something..
Marie..you must have made something w/ that:)?