Monday, June 29, 2009

Butter tart squares

Oh these are so rich! but they were delicious! These bars have a shortbread base topped with a gooey filling speckled with raisins. Next time I'll try them with walnuts instead of raisins. This recipe comes from http://joyofbaking.com/ButterTartSquares.html

Here's the recipe as published on http://joyofbaking.com/

Butter tart Squares
Shortbread Base:
1/2 cup (113 grams) unsalted butter, chilled, and cut into 1 inch (2.54 cm) pieces
3 tablespoon (40 grams) granulated white sugar
1 cup (140 grams) all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
Filling:
1/4 cup (57 grams) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup (215 grams) light brown sugar
2 large eggs
1/4 cup (60 ml) light corn syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoon (15 grams) all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2/3 cup raisins or
2/3 cup pecans or walnuts, chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place oven rack in the center of the oven. Butter (or use a non stick cooking spray) an 8 x 8 inch (20 x 20 cm) pan.

Shortbread Base: In the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the flour and salt and beat until the dough just comes together. Press onto the bottom of your greased pan and bake for about 20 to 25 minutes, or until pale golden in color. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool while you make the filling
Filling: In your food processor or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Then beat in the corn syrup and vanilla extract. Stir in the flour, salt, and baking powder.
Sprinkle the raisins or nuts evenly over the baked shortbread base. Then pour the filling over the raisins (and/or nuts) and bake for about 20 - 25 minutes or until the filling is set. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

25 comments:

Donna-FFW said...

These look so very decadent. I love them!

may26 said...

(^_^)
hello! Nat, this dessert should be very good. It certainly try (-_^)a hug kisses ♫♥

Pearl said...

looks like a yummy treat to indulge in!

Valerina said...

I love the Joy of Baking site. These bars were on my list of things I wanted to try! :) The Lemon tart is wonderful too. Thanks for the post.

Jacque said...

Mmmm, they sure do look good! I will have to put these on my "to bake" list.

dolci a ...gogo!!! said...

Nat è davvero delizioso ma anche la torta sotto è spettacolare!!bacioni imma

Lisa said...

I've seen those at JOB< and always wanted to try them. Now that you've made them look even better than JOB does, it's a must try soon! Mouth watering!

Micaela said...

buonissimi qusti quadrucci!!! un bacione

Sophie said...

They do look rich and tasty, I'd take them with the walnuts AND the raisins -yum :)!

Micaela said...

buonissimi qusti quadrucci!!! un bacione

♥Rosie♥ said...

They look so divine and I adore them!

Justin said...

yum. we can pretend this is health food with all the nuts and raisins, right? hmm, maybe not.

Cakespy said...

Ooh, I love nice, dense bar cookies. This looks amazing.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh wow! These look amazing and the name itself is an indication that I should try them :)

Nutmeg Nanny said...

I'm pretty sure I need to go make these immediately!!!

Eliana said...

I'm sure these bars taste as good as they look.

Maria said...

Love bar treats, these look fantastic!

Ingrid said...

This is perfect for Canada day. I do believe this is their butter tart in bar form. Thanks for sharing.
~ingrid

Antonella said...

Quanto mi piacciono le ricettine di origine anglosassone.
Anch'io vado spesso su "joy of baking" soprattutto perchè c'è la traduzione simultanea tra cup e grammi. Qualche volta mi dovrai spiegare questa unità di misura...mica ho capito la "cup standard a cosa corrisponde."

Nicisme said...

I've seen these before but not made them. They look very sweet and delicious, but then everything you make looks wonderous!!!

Elra said...

Look really scrumptious and delicious. I love anything gooey Natalie!

Peabody said...

Butter tarts...just in time for Canada Day!
Yum, I miss those.

Avanika [YumsiliciousBakes] said...

Yumm these look and sound divine!!!

Palidor said...

Mmmm, I love butter tarts, and these look soooo sinful! Did you know they were invented by a Canadian? And you made them just a couple days shy of Canada Day (July 1)!

bakerchick103 said...

These will have to go on my "gotta try" list. They look really good.