• Ingredients
  • Tart Shells
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
  • 1 cup butter, softened
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  • Filling
  • 2 1/4 cups chopped pitted dates
  • 1 cup water
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
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  • Icing
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 1/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract

Directions

  • Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  • Tart shells: Sift together flour and 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar in a bowl. Cut in 1 cup butter; knead until well blended. Form dough into 3/4 inch balls. Press evenly into 1 1/2 inch tart cups on the bottom and up the sides to form a shell.
  • Bake in preheated oven until pale gold, about 16 minutes. Let shells cool in the pan. Gently loosen and remove them from pan using a knife.
  • Filling: Combine dates, water, brown sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil gently for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Mash dates with a fork as they cook. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow mixture to cool before spooning into tart shells.
  • Icing: Cream 1/4 cup butter in a small bowl with an electric mixer. Gradually add 1 cup of the sugar while continuing to mix. Add the milk, remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar, and maple extract. Beat at high speed until smooth. Icing should be thick enough to pipe. Spoon mixture into pastry bag with a small round or star-shaped tip. Pipe a swirl of icing on each tart.

Nutritional Information

Amount Per Serving  Calories: 119 | Total Fat: 4.9g | Cholesterol: 13mg Powered by ESHA Nutrient Database Nutritional Information Cape Breton 'Pork' Pies Servings Per Recipe: 48 Amount Per Serving Calories: 119

  • Total Fat: 4.9g
  • Cholesterol: 13mg
  • Sodium: 48mg
  • Total Carbs: 18.7g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 0.7g
  • Protein: 0.8g