Butter Tart Squares were described by Beth as The Ultimate Canadian Food and The First Bite of The Rest of Your Life. I could not resist baking something that was described in such a unique way. This dessert lived up to its reputation.
The crust is a buttery shortbread, the center is a gooey, sweet mixture of nuts and fruit topped by a crisp caramelized layer of brown sugar crust.
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Butter Tart Squares – Gluten Free or Not
- Crust Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 2/3 cup brown rice flour *
- 1/3 cup potato starch *
- 1/2 cup sugar
- Filling Ingredients:
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 cup light brown sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 tablespoons brown rice flour *
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans or walnuts
- * If you do not need a GF version of this dessert substitute 1 cup AP flour in the crust and 2 tablespoons AP flour in the filling for the items marked with an *.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9" square pan with parchment paper or grease it very well with butter. To make the crust, beat the butter and the sugar together until smooth. Add the flour and stir just until combined. Press into the prepared pan and then bake for 15 minutes.
- Here's a tip for pressing shortbread crusts into baking pans. I tear an extra section of parchment paper and lay it on top of the dough. Use that paper to press the pan into the crust. Your hands will stay clean and the dough will spread smoothly across the pan.
- While the crust is baking, mix together the filling ingredients. Stir the brown sugar into the melted butter and then add the remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees until top springs back when lightly touched, approximately 22-25 minutes. Let cool completely before before cutting into squares. Enjoy!