I’m feeling extra Canadian this Canada day.
I was so honoured to spend my June traveling around two beautiful Canadian cities, and getting to spend time in my home town too. I started my June with a quick trip to Edmonton to cheer on our Canadian Womens Soccer team at the opening match for the FIFA Women’s World Cup. Then a few weeks later, my boyfriend and I drove out to Vancouver and were staying just a few blocks from BC Place. When we found out Canada would be playing in their round of 16 game there, we couldn’t resist buying tickets. The only seats left were three rows from the top, but that didn’t make the game any less exciting and us any less proud of these incredibly talented Canadian girls. If you haven’t caught a game in person or on TV, promise me that you will. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
In addition to my pride of our soccer team, I’m so excited to welcome hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world to the Calgary Stampede starting tomorrow! Having lived in Calgary for most of my life and spent my entire career working in downtown corporate Calgary, it doesn’t seem strange to me to see everyone from CEOs to students walking around in cowboy hats, jeans and plaid for 10 days in July. The spirit in the city in incredible, every day is a party (literally every day for 10 days the drinking starts before work for some people!), and there are tons of celebrities and activities all throughout the city…including free pancake breakfasts.
Oh, and did I mention that today is Canada day?
So much pride for this big beautiful country that I call my home.
Naturally, I had to make my favourite Canadian dessert to celebrate July 1: Butter Tarts!
They’re super sweet, filled with chewy raisins, sometimes gooey and always soft. Most recipes involve lots of steps and a complicates crust, but sticking to the mantra of simple+sweet, these Butter Tarts are quick and easy, but just as delicious.
- 1 1/2 cups all purpose white flour
- 3/4 cup butter
- 1/2 cream cheese
- 1/2 cup golden raisins
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 tsp vanilla
- 1 egg
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- One – Mix flour, butter and cream cheese until the mixture begins to form a ball. Make sure both your cream cheese and butter are soft and no large chunks of either are in the mixture. Refrigerate the mixture for one hour or until cool.
- Two – Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Three – Once the dough is cool, remove it from the fridge and roll it out onto a floured surface. Use a cutter or cup to cut the dough into circles. Keep in mind the size of the muffin tin that you’ll be baking these in when selecting a cutter or cup size. For example, most standard muffin tins will fit a 4 inch diameter circle.
- Four – Once the circles have been cut, place them into a greased muffin tin and lightly press the dough into the side of the tin. Use a fork to indent the top of the dough if desired.
- Five – Mix all remaining ingredients together until well blended and spoon into the dough in the muffin tins.
- Six – Bake for 18-20 minutes, remove from oven and let cool for 10-15 minutes before removing.
- Want gooey Butter Tarts? Cook them less, 16 minutes should be perfect.
- If maple syrup is hard to find, use light corn syrup instead.
- Don’t fill more than 3/4 full with the filling or it will bubble over…not that that’s always a bad thing for eating, but not the prettiest!
Recipe adapted from Kraft.
Recipes I added to my “Must Bake!” list this week
I spend so much time on WordPress seeing what other people are making and adding recipes to my Must Bake list. I wanted to share some of my favourites from the last week of June:
Very Hungry Caterpillar Biscuits from Gloverly Cupcakes – Reminds me of elementary school, so cute and perfect for kids
Oreo Nanaimo Bars from A Sweeter Side – Also perfect for Canada Day
S’Mores Cake from Eat Sweets and Be Merry – Looks so good!