SunButter Butter Tarts

Butter Tarts. Sounds a little Canadian, don’t you think? My standby classic recipe is found in The Allergy-Free Cook Makes Pies and Dessertsbut when I had the opportunity to make one more holiday favourite using SunButter, I felt that a twist on the original was the way to go!

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If you don’t know, Butter Tarts are traditionally a mixture of butter, brown sugar, and (optionally) raisins or pecans, all baked into a flaky pastry crust. This version does double duty with a little SunButter both in the crust and in the filling. Raisins are added for good measure, but if you’re staunchly against them, just leave ’em out.

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This is my final recipe for 2016 featuring one of my favourite allergy-friendly brands: SunButter. You can check out the others by clicking on the photos below:

SunButter Lentil Stew

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Chocolate-Covered SunButter-Pumpkin Truffles

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Double SunButter Hi-Hat Blondies

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SunButter Caramel Cookie Strawberry Pie

SunButter Crumble Strawberry Pie 4

And in case you already forgot, these little bowls of magic.

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You can head on over to the SunButter website for the full recipe here: SunButter Butter Tarts, and be sure to Like them on Facebook (and me, too!) to see even more allergy-friendly (and oh-so-good) recipes, too.

(Disclosure statement: I received monetary compensation and free product from SunButter from a recipe development partnership. I only, however, promote and partner with companies I love and use regularly in my own kitchen. As always, all opinions and recommendations expressed are completely my own.)

Chocolate-Covered Eggnog-Flavored Creams

I’ve never had real egg nog before, and I don’t really like alcohol, but there is something about that nutmeg and (fake) rum flavor that I absolutely love. These creamy confections highlight those flavors found in the spicy winter drink, with a silky goodness that comes from coconut yogurt.

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My friends at So Delicious Dairy-Free are putting together their favourite holiday recipes, and candy always tops my list. This features their Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk , a nondairy yogurt that adds just the right texture.

These don’t take long to prepare, are freezer-friendly (before or after dipping in chocolate), and, chances are, you’ll be flying on a sugar high because you won’t be able to stop at one (or five or ten).

Chocolate-Covered Eggnog-Flavored Creams

  • Servings: About 64 1-inch pieces
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For the filling:
1/2 cup nondairy buttery spread
6 tablespoons So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Cultured Coconut Milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg (freshly ground is best)
1/2 teaspoon rum extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch cloves
4 cups sifted confectioners’ sugar
1/2 cup cornstarch

For the coating:
6oz/170g (about 1 cup) nondairy dark chocolate chips
2 tablespoons coconut oil

Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment or waxed paper.

Put the buttery spread, yogurt (Cultured Coconut Milk), vanilla extract, nutmeg, rum extract, cinnamon, and cloves in the bowl of a stand mixer or a large bowl. Using the stand mixer or a hand mixer, beat until creamy and fluffy, scraping down the sides if needed, about 2 minutes.

Add half of the confectioners’ sugar and the cornstarch. Beat on medium speed to combine. Add the remaining confectioners’ sugar. Beat to combine, then scrape down the sides and turn to high speed, beating until fluffy, about 1 minute.
Scrape the mixture into the prepared pan and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes. After the 30 minutes, remove the pan from the freezer. Use the parchment paper to help lift the candy from the pan, and, using a sharp knife, cut into 1-inch pieces. Return the pieces to the freezer while making the coating.

To make the coating, put the chocolate chips and coconut oil in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30 second intervals on medium-power, stirring between each one, until the mixture is melted and smooth. You can also do this in a double boiler on the stovetop.

Remove the pieces from the freezer. Fill a 1/2 cup dry measuring cup with the chocolate mixture. Carefully dip each piece in the chocolate mixture in the measuring cup, then transfer back to the pan. Repeat with the remaining piece, filling the measuring up when needed. (Not dipping directly in the melted chocolate will prevent it from cooling too quickly or seizing).

Return the pieces to the freezer or the refrigerator to set. Enjoy, storing leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

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(Disclosure statement: I received monetary compensation and free product coupons from So Delicious Dairy-Free for taking part in this campaign. I only, however, promote and partner with companies I love and use regularly in my own kitchen. As always, all opinions and recommendations expressed are completely my own.)

Carrot Cake Scones

Sweet carrot cake is completely justifiable for breakfast or brunch when it comes in the form of a scone. If you don’t love walnuts or raisins, swap them with other nuts and dried fruit or omit them completely – these are an easy baked good that is open to interpretation. These are perfect for cool mornings with a cup of Pear-Ginger-Orange Tea.

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Carrot Cake Scones

 

For the scones:
3/4 cup sorghum flour
1/2 cup millet flour
1/2 cup tapioca flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons xanthan gum
3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon fine sea or Himalayan salt
6 tablespoons coconut oil, softened, but not melted
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/3 cup toasted walnut pieces
1/3 cup raisins
1 teaspoon (5mL) cider vinegar
1/3 cup (80mL) nondairy milk

For the glaze:
1 cup (240mL) icing sugar
1 teaspoon (5mL) vanilla extract
1 to 2 teaspoons (5 to 10mL) nondairy milk

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

To make the scones, put the sorghum flour, millet flour, tapioca flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, xanthan gum, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg, and salt in a large bowl. Whisk well to combine.

Using a pastry cutter or two knives, cut in the coconut oil until it is mixed in with the flour mixture and about the size of peas. Stir in the carrots, walnuts, and raisins. Add the cider vinegar to the nondairy milk. Drizzle in the nondairy milk mixture, a little at a time, just until the dough comes together, using your hands to knead it together. Pat the mixture into to about 7-inches in diameter, then cut into 6 triangles. Pull the triangles apart slightly.

Bake for 13 to 16 minutes, until firm to the touch and just turning golden on the edges. Cool on the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer to a cooling rack to cool completely.

To make the glaze, put the icing sugar in a small bowl. Stir in the vanilla extract. Add in just enough nondairy milk for a drizzly consistency. Drizzle over the cooled scones.