Signature Dish of Dave Smith

Butter tarts

CRUST

1 1/2 cups flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup cold butter, cubed
1/4 cup shortening, cubed
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon vinegar
ice water

FILLING

1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
1 pinch salt
1/4 cup currant, raisins, chopped pecans (I use half raisins and half chopped nuts, and I don't actually measure them, I just drop a bit of ea) or flaked coconut (I use half raisins and half chopped nuts, and I don't actually measure them, I just drop a bit of ea)

Directions

In a large bowl, stir flour with salt. With pastry blender or 2 knives, cut in butter and shortening until mixture resembles coarse crumbs with a few larger pieces.

In liquid measure, whisk egg yolk with vinegar; add enough ice water to make 1/3 cup. Gradually sprinkle over flour mixture, stirring briskly with fork until pastry hold together. press into disc; wrap in plastic wrap and chill for 1 hour.

In bowl, vigorously whisk together brown sugar, corn syrup, egg, butter, vanilla, vinegar and salt; set aside.

On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry to 1/8 inch thickness. Using a 4 inch round cookie cutter cut out 12 circles, re-rolling scraps once if necessary. Fit into 2 3/4 inch by 1 1/4 inch muffin cups. Divide currants among cups. Spoon in filling until three quarters full.

Bake in bottom third of 450*F oven for about 12 minutes or until filling is puffed and bubbly and pastry is golden. Let stand on rack for 1 minute. Immediately run spatula around tarts to loosen; transfer to rack and let cool.

(Based on a recipe from Canadian Living magazine)

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