Butter Tarts and Blossoms

GF PastryButter Tarts GF

Once a year I make tarts for the Horticultural Society Soup and Sandwich lunch and make enough extra for Cliff’s Plumbing and home. This year it worked out particularly well because I thought I need to update the butter tart photo on my blog to a gluten-free version and this gave me the opportunity. I recall counting butter tarts as one of the blessings that was naturally gluten-free when I first began my diet. I do not indulge often but it is good to know I can still add them to a special picnic or camping trip when I want to and they are just as decadently delicious as always!

At first I made the “gluten-free” pastry but now I just make my regular pastry with gluten-free all purpose flour and by using plastic wrap to roll it I am able to manage quite nicely. Thanks to Jenn Croft in Owen Sound for the idea to do that! If you do not have your own favourite pastry recipe you may try this one. GF Pastry – Click for pdf copy of recipe

Butter Tarts – Click here for pdf version of recipe

GF Pastry for 30 tart shells
2 cups brown sugar, packed
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup melted butter*
1/2 cup corn syrup
3 – 4 eggs, depending on their size, I usually use 4
raisins, walnuts or coconut to taste

  • Mix brown sugar, salt, melted butter and corn syrup.
  • Whisk eggs then stir into brown sugar mixture being careful not to beat. If you get too much air in the mixture some of the tarts may seem hollow when baked. 
  • Place raisins, nuts, coconut or a mixture of these in the tart shells then cover with butter tart filling to 3/4 full with a 7/8 oz scoop if you have one.
  • Bake at 400°F for the first 10 minutes then reduce heat to 350°F and continue baking 
  • for another 15 – 20 minutes or until filling is set. 
  • If you like your tarts runny you may take them out a little early or reduce the number of eggs to 3.
  • Makes 27 – 30 large tarts

*I would not substitute margarine here.
Anne’s Favourites

Kale Salad

Kale Salad

Joanne gave me this recipe along with my first bunch of kale. It was so simply delicious and nutritious I have been seeking it out ever since. This week our local grocery store, Knechtel Food Market, got in a case of kale so it seemed like a good time to post the recipe! As you see from this photo I have added some kalamata olives, halved and used a sweet onion because I was out of green and red onions!

Kale Salad Click here for pdf of recipe

This recipe was given to me along with my first bunch of kale by Joanne McDonagh and I have
been seeking it out ever since. Wonderfully simple, delicious and nutritious!
4 -5 kale leaves, large, with ribs removed
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
1 avocado, diced
2 green onions or 2 Tbsp red onion sliced thinly
lemon juice
olive oil
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Massage washed leaves with ribs removed to minimize bitterness then tear into bite size
pieces.
Toss diced avocado with lemon juice and arrange over kale in a shallow bowl or plate. I have
a pasta bowl I like for this salad.
Spread tomatoes and onion over the avocado.
Drizzle with a little more lemon juice then olive oil.
Sprinkle with coarse salt and pepper and serve.
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Serves 2 – 3
Anne’s Favourites
Kale Salad

Wonder Food… Baked Sweet Potato!

It amazes me how many wonderful new flavours I continue to discover. At Matanza’s Inn Restaurant in Fort Myers Beach http://matanzas.com/restaurant/ we had a lovely seafood dinner overlooking the water. They served baked sweet potato* with the fish. It had the most intense flavour and was so sweet I asked if they had somehow already added brown sugar although it was still in the skin. They looked at me like I was nuts and assured me they had not. I thought it had to be a variety of sweet potato available only in the South.

When I got home I decided to try baking a sweet potato just to see how our regular grocery store variety would taste. I could not believe that the cooking method could make so much difference. How did I never hear about this before??? Why did I find this out just after publishing Anne’s Favourites? I am glad to have this blog to share this wonder food with you. Not often you find a food this delicious that is packed full of vitamins!

There is no recipe to give you, simply wrap in foil and bake for about an hour at 375º F depending on the size. If I am not using the oven for the rest of the meal I will often precook the potato in the microwave for 5 minutes to heat it up before wrapping it and baking so you do not waste so much energy. Of course you can just bake them in the microwave but they do not develop quite as much flavour. Use any seasoning sparingly because it adds unnecessary calories or sodium.

Also great on the BBQ!

* http://homecooking.about.com/cs/productreviews/p/sweetpotato_pro.htm