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March 01, 2010


As a Canadian I don't know if I have ever had a 'Canadian'butter tart, but I have had lots of butter tarts per say. These sound better.

Never met a nut I didn't like...I even married one. Rimshot, please.

My latest, I just bought a 15 pound bag of shelled/roasted/salted Pistachios. Hello Lover.

You don't mess with a buttertart. Wouldn't be a buttertart otherwise. Would be a, jeez, USTart or wannabetart, or some kinda fauxtart. Always a fauxtart. A true buttertart is intrinsically, immovably, essentially a Canadian Pastry. (Hence, calling it a 'Canadian' buttertart is redundant.)
I'm Canadian, though I've lived here as a stranger since 1981, and I CRAVE good buttertarts - my expatriate friends and I have discussions about the buttertart experience, the buttertart withdrawals we all live through, and the puppet-on-a-string need to hit the bakeries as soon as we set foot on Canadian soil.
Ok, enough raving. Gotta get to work.

(me again, after work the same day):
I haven't tried the recipe you refer to, Tammy - but you know, with Buttertarts, just as with (all-American) Apple Pie, there is no 'one' recipe. Just as we're told that all roads lead to Rome, all Buttertarts are THE Buttertart.
So what I mean, babble babble, is that it's just fine to go ahead and create your own variant on Buttertarts, to remake the whole recipe if necessary: but you must just be aware that whatever results is, well, A Buttertart.
Ummm. Er. Does that make sense? Ok, I'll shut up now.

I've made butter tarts just for fun today--I bought these really cute little tart pans and I was looking for a way to use them! Lennie, these were great! I just ate a hot one right from the oven. I'd never even heard of butter tarts before, but this was certainly an auspicious introduction!! Thanks!

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