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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Ingredients

48
Original recipe yields 48 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Tart Shells
Filling
Icing

Directions

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  • Preheat an oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

118.7 calories; 0.8 g protein; 18.7 g carbohydrates; 12.8 mg cholesterol; 47.9 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2008
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 like this due to our connection to Cape Breton as found by word of mouth in genealogy? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2008
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 like this due to our connection to Cape Breton as found by word of mouth in genealogy? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2008
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 commented on how unique they were. They are a lot of work to make but definitely worth it. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/23/2008
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 like this due to our connection to Cape Breton as found by word of mouth in genealogy? Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2009
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" home! this Recipe is a perfect fit for my family. Thanks again Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/15/2010
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 microwave This is a must for your "Try it list". I am sure it will quickly become a favorite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/09/2009
absolutely fabulous! and they are easier than they seem too. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/22/2011
Good but my icing turned out runny. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2014
I love this recipe. They are my favorite Christmas treat. My Mom made these and I have always loved them. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2017
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 great Cape Breton treat! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/26/2017
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 extract. I did have a bad time with the pastry it was too crumbly sticky didn't work. I used anther pastry recipe and made sure to pike holes with a fork in the bottom so they didn't pop up while cooking. I'll be making these again. Read More