In 2017 Kortney was invited to represent Canada in the AccorHotels #FoodieMadness. She didn’t win but it was an honor to be competing for Canada on its 150th birthday year. She entered with a double chocolate butter tart recipe.
#FoodieMadness is a food competition between 16 international bloggers hosted by AccorHotels. Each contestant presents a recipe that showcases their country’s food culture or history. The recipes go head to head with another country, and the winner moves on to the next round.
To represent Canada she put a twist on a classic, the butter tart! Originally her plan was to submit the Nanaimo bar or a crazy fusion of the butter tart and Nanaimo bar, but the butter tart ultimately won. One of her summer jobs in college was to bake butter tarts for a country club (along with nut-free carrot cake), so feeling nostalgic she went for the tart instead of the bar.
Not your average chocolate butter tart!
To put a spin on this classic Canadian treat, she made it double chocolate and refined sugar-free! As much as anyone may love butter tarts, it is hard not to find them sickly sweet. Adding in the bitterness of cocoa to the pastry and using natural sugars like coconut sugar and maple syrup round out the flavors so that it isn’t just sweetness, rather it becomes a chocolatey-gooey-caramelly-flaky tart.Print
Double Chocolate Butter Tarts swap out some of the sweetness of a classic butter tart by using a cocoa pastry and filling it with coconut sugar, maple syrup (of course), and good dark chocolate!
- • 2 cups All purpose flour
- • 1/2 cup Good cocoa
- • 2 tbsp Coconut sugar
- • 1/2 tsp Salt
- • 1 cup Unsalted butter – cold & cut into cubes
- • 5-7 tbsp Cold water
- • Extra flour for dusting
- • 1/3 cup Unsalted butter – softened
- • 3/4 cup Coconut sugar
- • 1/4 cup Maple syrup
- • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- • 2 Eggs
- • 1/4 cup Good dark chocolate – chopped into tiny pieces
- • Large mixing bowl, wooden spoon & whisk
- • Plastic wrap
- • Rolling pin
- • Pairing knife
- • 12 cup muffin tray
- Mix flour, cocoa, sugar, and salt.
- Cut the butter into flour and work it until the dough looks like coarse sand. You can also use your hands for this – just make sure to work fast.
- Add enough water to bring the dough together – mix with wooden spoon or your hands.
- Turn the dough out and knead three to four times.
- Divide dough in two and shape each piece into a disk. Wrap the dough in plastic and place in the fridge for at least two hours.
- While the pastry is in the fridge make the filling.
- Cream butter and coconut sugar until it turns a lighter colour.
- Using a whisk or hand mixer add the maple syrup and vanilla to the butter mixture.
- Add the eggs to the mixture one at a time. Mix as well as you can – this will look a little clumpy.
Make the Tarts
- This recipe makes 12 butter tarts (you may have a little extra dough that you can bake later and enjoy as a snack)
- Preheat the oven to 375°.
- Take the dough out of the fridge. Roll the dough on a lightly floured surface; it should be a little thinner than 1/4 inch.
- Cut the dough into six circles. The size of the circle should be double the size of your muffin cup – large enough to cover the bottom and sides.
- Lightly press dough into the muffin cups- you will have to create a ripple on the side to make this work (looks like a flower).
- Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the second disk of dough.
- Sprinkle the chocolate evenly onto the bottom of the each tart shell – save roughly a quarter of the chocolate for later.
- Divide the filling evenly amongst the 12 tarts. It should be just under the top of the pastry – this will bubble up in the oven but come back down when cooled.
- Bake for 14-16 minutes or until golden brown and bubbly.
- When the tarts are just out of the oven, sprinkle the rest of the chocolate on top of each one, so it melts.
- Let the tarts cool in the muffin tray. Score around the tart and gently lift them out.
- Serving Size: 1
Kortney is your typical atopic triad who manages asthma, eczema and multiple food allergies. Kortney is a co-creator of the online community Allergy Travels and co-host of The Itch Podcast. She wants to spread joy in a community that can easily see the hard side of life with atopic disease and believes that you can have a full life with food allergies, it may just be lived a little differently!