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Cape Breton 'Pork' Pies

Rated as 4.92 out of 5 Stars

"The name of this recipe is a little misleading; there is no pork in these sweet treats! A crisp cookie tart shell, a sweet date filling, and maple icing make these tarts a unique and delicious Cape Breton treat! Use more or less icing on each tart, depending on how sweet you like them."
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1 h 31 m servings 119
Original recipe yields 48 servings (48 tarts)


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  1. Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  2. Tart shells: Sift together flour and 2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar in a bowl. Cut in 1 cup butter; knead until well blended. Form dough into 3/4 inch balls. Press evenly into 1 1/2 inch tart cups on the bottom and up the sides to form a shell.
  3. Bake in preheated oven until pale gold, about 16 minutes. Let shells cool in the pan. Gently loosen and remove them from pan using a knife.
  4. Filling: Combine dates, water, brown sugar, and salt in a saucepan. Bring to a boil; boil gently for about 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Mash dates with a fork as they cook. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Allow mixture to cool before spooning into tart shells.
  5. Icing: Cream 1/4 cup butter in a small bowl with an electric mixer. Gradually add 1 cup of the sugar while continuing to mix. Add the milk, remaining 1 1/4 cups sugar, and maple extract. Beat at high speed until smooth. Icing should be thick enough to pipe. Spoon mixture into pastry bag with a small round or star-shaped tip. Pipe a swirl of icing on each tart.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 119 calories; 4.9 18.7 0.8 13 48 Full nutrition

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Delicios! I made the pastry by adding 6 oz. cream cheese. I cooked the dates with orange juice instead of water. The maple frosting adds a nice touch! I wonder if my ancestors had something ...

These were absolutely fantastic. I took them to a work Christmas potluck, and everyone loved them. I was a little hesitant to bring them at first, because they look so odd, but everyone commente...

LOVE THEM!!! I use this recipe every year at Christmas for a special treat. I cook the filling in the microwave on high for 6 min (stir at 3). You may need to adjust the time according to your m...

When your not living in Cape Breton, every chance to eat something that is truely a Cape Breton Treat is a Treat. Thank you so very much for posting this recipe! Thank you to for bringing "CB" h...

Good, but my icing turned out runny.

absolutely fabulous! and they are easier than they seem too.

I love this recipe. They are my favorite Christmas treat. My Mom made these and I have always loved them.

An excellent recipe. Quite a standard treat in this neck of the woods. I found that if I doubled the pastry recipe, then I can use up all filling and icing. Otherwise would not change a thing! A...

These were raved about. I did read a suggestion and did half orange juice half water and it was delicious. i also used some real maple syrup in the icing and them just a splash of the imitation ...