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Canadian Butter Tarts

5 cups all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2 cups lard, cold
1 egg
2 tbsp. vinegar
Ice water
3 cups brown sugar
1 cup unsalted butter, melted
2 tsp. vanilla
3 eggs
3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
1 cup cream
1 cup raisins


Preheat oven to 400 F. To prepare the pastry, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt. Add half the lard to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or 2 knives, blend in until the pastry has the consistency of cornmeal. Add the remaining lard and blend until the pastry is the consistency of coarse breadcrumbs. Do not overwork the pastry. Mix the egg with the vinegar in a 1 cup measuring cup. Fill the cup with ice cold water. Drizzle the mixture (egg, vinegar and ice water) over the flour mixture and stir lightly until the dough is evenly moistened. To prepare the filling, combine the brown sugar, butter, vanilla and eggs. Soak the breadcrumbs in the cream and add to the sugar mixture. Roll out the pastry and line the tart pans. Place a few raisins in each tart. Fill each tart 3/4 full with the filling. Bake for 20 minutes. Makes 30 tarts. Recipe from Dew Drop Inn, Virgil, Ontario

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