Recipe for Cape Breton 'pork Pies'


1 cup butter
4 teaspoon icing sugar; confectioner's
2 cup flour

2 cup dates; chopped
1 1/2 cup brown sugar water
1 lemon juice


"How these little tarts got their name remains a mystery to us. It could be that pork fat was once used as the shortening or it just might be a reflection of the wonderful Cape Breton sense of humor."

Tart Shells: Cut the butter into the flour; add the flour and knead until well blended. Press small amounts of dough into small muffin tins. Press small amounts of dough into small muffin tins. Bake in a 425F oven for 10 minutes. When cool fill with the following:

Filling: Simmer the above ingredients until the dates are of soft consistency. Cool; then fill the tart shells. Ice with butter icing.

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