Saturday, 9 May 2015

Raspberry Coconut Tarts

Most of my favourite recipes come from the old time cookbooks. Good 'ole farm recipes, time tested and classic. In 1980, my Mom was the President of the Whiteman's Creek Women's Institute in Paris, Ontario. This was originally a group of farm women whose motto "For Home and Country" resulted in many contributions of money and service over the years. Although my mother was not a member during the Second World War, I found it interesting reading how they worked diligently on the home front packing parcels for the boys overseas and making over 100 quilts and over 400 articles of clothing.

Most of their fundraising came from Euchre and Pie socials, plant and bake sales, catering and silent auctions and of course, this recipe book featuring favourite recipes from all the members of the WI...

One of the recipes that I have made many times over the years, are these delicious raspberry coconut tarts. Seems like a fitting dessert in honour of Mother's Day. They are very easy to make when using store bought tart shells and raspberry jam. Of course, back then, there would have been no question of using anything "store bought".

Raspberry Coconut Tarts

Pastry shells
Raspberry jam

2 eggs, beaten
3/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. melted butter
1 1/2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups coconut
Place a spoonful of jam in the bottom of each tart shell. Mix together filling and spoon on top. Bake at 350F for 30min.( I adjusted the temperature and the time. It was orginally higher and longer but I found my tarts started to brown quickly so keep an eye out)

Happy Mother's Day. I hope you all get to sample your favourite treats.


Anonymous said...

Do you prebake the shells?

Dianne said...

No, I don't prebake the shells.

skooterbird said...

I remember tarts my mum made in England like this and if I remember rightly she called them bakewell tarts and they had almond filling in them......Could be wrong as its many years ago. I will try your recipe above ...thank you. Pat

Anonymous said...

Bakewell tarts are almond not coconut x

Unknown said...

do you have any other recipes from this book available? Thanks,