I think mincemeat tarts are my absolute favorite Christmas treat. They are another long time Christmas tradition in my family. My mom used to make dozens and dozens of these little sweet treats when my sisters, brother and I were little. Of course, they were off limits for us kids but we would still sneak a few now and then from where they were hidden in the bottom of the deep freeze (and by ‘now and then’ I mean ‘daily’). To this day I think I like them best when they are frozen solid!
Anyway, after Geoff was diagnosed with celiac disease, we went went without these for a Christmas or two. Then mom developed her awesome gluten free pastry recipe and since then has made us a batch every year. Thanks mom! I honestly cannot tell the difference between these and the old glutenous version.
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This sweet slice is a new take on a traditional Canadian favorite – the butter tart. The result is a kind of shortbread base smothered in a creamy, buttery, raisin stuffed filling and baked to a golden crispy brown. If you love butter tarts but don’t have time to fuss with the pastry, this is the recipe for you! If you’ve never had a butter tart, you should give these little deadlies a try. You won’t regret it. They taste a bit like pecan or even raisin pie. (Recipe below)
This is a conversion of a pre-celiac family recipe from one of those tried and true community cookbooks. We’d been missing them, so I thought I would give converting them a whirl. I am embarrassed to say that we ended up eating almost the entire slice while I was photographing it! I’d say it was a success!
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The coconut flour in this recipe gives this crust a wonderful tropical flavour and the texture of a medium-hard cookie more than a classic pie crust. Its hint of coconut pairs wonderfully with coconut, vanilla, or banana custard to make an out-of-this-world cream pie that everyone will love.
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Make these soft, chewy, and not-too-sweet gluten free cookies with your favorite peanut or almond butter. The choice is yours, but make a double batch ‘cause they won’t last long – and they are even better the second day!This is a conversion of one of our favorite pre-GF recipes.
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