Cards and snacking

That's me, I'm a card shark. Ruthless and shifty. Always a card up my sleeve. Or under the table. Two's are high, right?


In reality, I do play cards, but aside from Solitaire, my game of choice is contract bridge. You know, the "old people" card game, needs a partner and another team to play. I've been playing since high school, when my future mother-in-law and future husband taught me. Which lead to my husband and I teaching our two good friends. We four been playing together ever since.

We are so dedicated to playing with our friends, that when we meet somewhere out of town, one of us brings the cards. Two decks, always.

This summer the game was at my home, which meant I was able to provide the snacks. And while our snack of choice is always nachos, with extra sour cream, extra salsa and jalapenos on the side, please, sometimes it is great to have something sweet for later. (And in case you are wondering about the link, yes, we used to order those when in high school all the time, for delivery, and when both couples are able to get to North Bay at the same time, we still get those same nachos.)

Homemade Butter Tarts
makes 12

tart dough recipe of your choice, rolled and formed into 12 tart shells, on a tray

3/4 cup brown sugar
1 egg
1/4cup corn syrup
2 tbsp butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup raisins

Preheat oven to 450F.
Stir together all the filling ingredients, except the raisins, in a large bowl. Place the raisins equally among the bottom of each of the 12 tart shells. Spoon the filling on top of the raisins. Using a toothpick, stir the filling around a bit the raisins, to make sure that some of the filling gets under them.
Bake in the bottom third of your oven for 12-15 minutes, until golden brown. If you like runny butter tarts, take them out a bit earlier.
Allow to cool before eating. Unless you like burning your tongue.


Megan said...

I've seen a recipe for those before, and have been very curious as to the flavor/taste. I imagine it's like a pecan pie-type filling, just without the nuts. But since raisins aren't big in our house, I suppose I could substitute chocolate chips.

Camille said...

Oh, gosh, I began drooling when I saw the name..butter tarts. I once had a butter cake, which wasn't really a cake. These tarts might come close!

Card playing is a dangerous thing! I can snack for hours without stopping while I'm playing cards.

Peabody said...

Mmm, butter tarts, you just don't get good ones in the states.

Anonymous said...

These remind me of the tarts my grandmother made that I just adored. I never had her recipe, and I will try these - thanks!

Shari said...

I love that you order nachos!! I've always wanted to learn bridge...And the sweet butter tarts looks delicious.

Elle said...

This is the quintessential Canadian dessert! I love that you have raisins in yours. Yum!