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Nuts About Butterscotch Tartlets

Source: Fine Cooking - Issue No. 26
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Active Time:  35 Minutes
Total Time:  2 Hours
  Serves 6
You'll need six 4-inch tartlet pans to make these small tarts. If you don't have all the nuts on hand, just use 1 1/2 cups total of what you do have; I've made this recipe with just cashews - it's delicious.
For the Crust:
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Pinch salt
4 tablespoons unsalted cold butter, cut into small pieces
1 large egg, beaten slightly
1 tablespoon cold water; 1 1/2 teaspoon more if needed
For the Filling:
1/2 cup cashews, well toasted
1/2 cup sliced almonds, well toasted
1/2 cup walnut pieces, well toasted
1/3 cup shredded coconut, well toasted
1/2 cup golden raisins
1 1/4 cups warm Butterscotch Sauce (see recipe)
Other necessary recipes:
Butterscotch Sauce
FOR THE CRUST: In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Add the butter and cut it into the dough using two knives, a pastry blender, or your fingertips until the dough looks crumbly. Add the egg and 1 tablespoon water; mix with a fork until the dough just holds together. (If the dough won't come together, add up to another 1 1/2 teaspoon water, a tiny bit at a time.) Don't overmix; the dough should feel slightly sticky. Shape the dough into a 6-inch log. Wrap it in plastic and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour.

Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Cut the chilled dough into six equal pieces. Roll each piece into a round about 1/8 inch thick. Prick the rounds all over with a fork and gently fit them into 4-inch tartlet pans, trimming any excess dough.

Line each tartlet with foil and fill with dried beans or pie weights. Bake the tartlet shells for about 15 minutes. Remove the pie weights and the foil and bake an additional 5 minutes, until golden. Cool on a rack.

FOR THE FILLING: Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. Combine the toasted nuts, coconut, and raisins with the warm butterscotch sauce. Divide the filling among the six tartlet shells. Bake until the filling just starts to bubble, 7 to 9 minutes. Using a wide spatula, carefully transfer the tartlets to a rack. Allow the tartlets to cool for 5 minutes. Carefully remove the tartlets from their pans and serve warm with a dollop of unsweetened whipped cream or creme fraiche, if you like.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Fine Cooking Magazine. All rights reserved.
Date Added: 01/01/2008
Nutrition Facts per Serving
Yield:   Serves 6
Calories: 707
Fat. Total: 39g
Fiber: 4g
Carbohydrates, Total: 84g
Sodium: 386mg
% Cal. from Fat: 50%
Cholesterol: 97mg
Protein: 10g
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