See those up there ^^^ “Best butter tarts ever.” Or so said all the adults who got to try them this week. And not just any adults, some serious butter tart aficionados, apparently, as there was an animated discussion about nuts vs. no nuts, raisins or no raisins etc… and then a whole other discussion about where to get the best butter tarts in Toronto and cottage country.
Well I know wjere to get the best butter tarts in Toronto: in my own kitchen now, thanks to the recipe in Mairlyn Smith’s upcoming cookbook (her 7th!!) – Homegrown. We were lucky enough to welcome Mairlyn to the
kitchen lab again this week (she’s always a popular guest) and even luckier that she has a cookbook coming out with this recipe in it because when I tasted them a month or so ago at her house, I was hooked. I am actually not a huge butter tart fan but these? I could eat them all day.
Of course, the fact that this recipe included one of the boys’ favourite things to make – pastry – meant it was a perfect choice for our session. The boys love working with pastry and this one is a particularly easy one to work with. Just three ingredients – cream cheese, butter and flour. It’s lovely and silky and smooth and rolls beautifully.
A few little cranberries in the bottom of the tarts…
Meanwhile, back to those tarts…
I loved hearing Mairlyn speak to the boys so passionately about Canadian-grown/ produced foods and we were all impressed to realise just how many of the butter tart ingredients were, in fact, Canadian. In fact, Homegrown proves that “Canada” can be a key ingredient in any meal. From Saskatchewan-farmed lentils to BC blueberries, Nova Scotia scallops to Quebec maple syrup or Albertan barley flour, Homegrown showcases the food that Canadians grow, produce and manufacture. Canada’s geography provides terrain for some of the world’s most diverse agriculture and Homegrown contains over 175 recipes (collected from members and students of the Ontario Home Economics Association) which celebrate the best of Canada. Homegrown also includes a wealth of nutritional information and a carb counter with every recipe, which I know the adults who looked over the recipe were interested in seeing (the boys, not so much, yet…). I cannot wait to read it (20 more sleeps!).
Thanks Mairlyn for taking time out of your busy schedule to work with the boys. We all had a lot of fun, learned something and ate something tasty. Winning all round, I’d say!
Homegrown is published on December 1st 2015 (December 15th in the US) and you can order your copy today on Amazon (this link should bring you to the Amazon store in your country) or for free worldwide shipping, buy from The Book Depository.
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