Inns Magazine Issue 3 Vol. 20 Great Escapes Fall 2016 - Page 19



1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tbsp sugar

1/2 cup unsalted butter, cold cut into small cubes


1/4 cup unsalted butter

1 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup maple syrup

2 eggs

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp all-purpose flour

Butter tart tastings seems to be very popular this year. My version is a little different because it is in squares rather than tarts and uses maple syrup. But I love them like this. Let me know if you do too.


1. Combine flour and sugar in a large bowl. Cut in butter with a pastry blender or food processor until butter is in tiny bits. Knead gently until dough just comes together. Pat into the bottom of a buttered 8"x8" baking pan that has been lined with parchment paper (with two sides overhanging for easy removal). Bake in a preheated 325F oven for 20 to 25 minutes until lightly browned.

2. Meanwhile prepare filling by creaming butter with sugar until light. Beat in maple syrup and then eggs one at a time. Add vanilla. Whisk baking powder with flour and stir into filling.

3. Spread filling evenly over pastry. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or longer until set in the centre. Cool and refrigerate for easy cutting. Cut into squares in the pan or lift out of pan using parchment paper to help and cut on a cutting board.

makes 25 squares

Savoury end of Summer Recipes