Butter Tarts – Delectable and Easy!

18 04 2012

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Doesn’t this seem like a sign of Spring?  I took this picture last year while Jack and I were Washington.  This young deer was only interested in the foliage around her.

I am so sorry it has been so long since I last wrote.  Lots has been happening.  I got a job right after getting back from Portugal – it’s in a busy office so I have to admit it has changed my routine somewhat.  I really like it and now instead of getting up at 6 ish after Jack leaves for work to make my double shot latte and check out the internet and try to prepare a blog or  work on my website at http://www.jacksjule.com or take Mom to an appointment now I have to decide what clothes to wear and whether I have time to stop for gas on the way to work.

So …… I know you are wondering what recipe I will post today since it is supposed to be a cooking blog.  I am going to give you my favorite recipe for Butter Tarts.  I make these mostly at Christmas.  I don’t bother to make my own pastry  – I buy the Tenderflake mini tart shells – I think they come in the freezer section about 36 in a box.

My recipe is simple –                  Butter Tarts

Remove about 30 mini tart shells from freezer and place on a cookie sheet.

Combine the following in a small mixing bowl:

1 egg

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup corn syrup

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup raisins, broken pecans, crushed walnut pieces (optional) (this is the total of all combined)

Beat all with the beaters until bubbles form and then spoon mixture into the tart shells until almost full.

Bake in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool as filling is extremely hot.  You will be a hit with your friends!  These freeze really nicely.  Quite often I have made these twice at Christmas time but they take no time to whip up so it’s not too time consuming!  Enjoy and have a great week and please don’t be so shy – leave a comment on my blog or if you like on my cooking page on Facebook at Julie’s Cooking.  Also don’t forget you can address all you shopping needs at my website at http://www.jacksjule.com

 





Julie’s Banana Bread

9 01 2012

Mash 2 bananas (ripe) with milk with a potato masher. Leave aside.  Blend, margarine, sugar and eggs together with beaters or  a blender.  Beat till well blended.   Add the mashed banana to the margarine mixture and do not mix.   Add the following:

Fold this mixture in gently and add the chocolate chips and stir in.  Do not overmix.

Pour into a greased loaf pan and bake for 1 hour at 350 degrees.  Let sit in pan for 10 minutes and loosen sides with knife.  Have a piece while it’s warm. I would recommend next time making two!!  They freeze really well!  MMMMMmmmm!   Let me know what you think when you try it, ok?  Also please leave comments on my blogs – I would really appreciate your input and if you think there are any ideas you might like me to blog about.

I received a coupon on Facebook from Cadbury for any choice of 100 gram chocolate bar and tried the Toffee Milk Chocolate.  I really like it.  The little ground up bits of toffee blend well with the creamy consistency of the milk chocolate.  I have to say I really enjoyed reviewing this product.  At 230 calories for 9 squares I think I would just have 3 squares for about 75 calories as a little afternoon pick-me-up snack.  We keep hearing how a small amount of chocolate has good benefits for us.  I was thinking that next time I make my banana loaf I could cut up about 1/2 of this delicious bar and fold it in at the end instead of the chocolate chips.  Course I will have to buy a new one because this one will be long gone!!