Last night I decided to make my grandma’s tart recipe. She’s been baking these ever since I can remember – a tin of them always on the table when we’d stop by for lunch or dinner.
I put it on my 101 list and got the recipe from my mom a few days ago. I was thrilled when the buttery, brown sugary, delicious smell filled my house.
2 pie crusts (I used Pillsbury, but you can always make it from scratch)
1 cup raisins or currents
1 stick margarine or butter
1 cup brown sugar
1 t vanilla
Cut the pastry in rounds (I tried different things till I found something to cut rounds that would fit about 3/4 of the way up a muffin tin.) Use your fingers to press it in and form it to the tin. (You can spray the tin with cooking spray – I didn’t and they popped out just fine)
Put raisins, currants or a combo in a dish and cover with hot tap water for a few minutes. Drain.
Add margarine and stir until melted. Add brown sugar and stir until melted. Add egg and vanilla and stir.
Fill shells half way – I used about 2 teaspoons of filling in each.
Bake 350 about 25 minutes.
Makes 18 shells.
My grandma made homemade pie crust because that’s what grandma’s do. I’ll probably give it a try next time. I found the Pillsbury crust was too buttery and crispy – Grandma’s is always soft and flakey.