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Raisin Custard Tarts Recipe

Raisin Custard Tart recipe from Beauty Observed

These raisin custard tarts speak pure love to me.  My grandma only made this recipe twice a year: Easter and Mother’s Day.  They were baked in little peach-colored Fire King custard cups.  Because there was a limited quantity, you were usually only served one.   I don’t have anything quite the right size or shape, so I make them in ramekins.

Even though my grandma is the one who taught me to bake, she never taught me how to make these.  After my grandma died, I wanted to make some tarts for my own mom for Mother’s Day.  She found Grandma’s handwritten recipe and read it to me over the phone.  It didn’t seem to be in a standard recipe format.  I just basically had a list of ingredients and a few steps.   I’m assuming that she had most of it memorized and didn’t need it all written down.  I’ve baked these same tarts for many years now from my own handwritten notes.  I’ve tried to transcribe it here into a regular recipe format.  There is a pdf file available at the end of this post.

My grandma was a phenomenal baker and made everything from scratch including her pie crust.  I’m a cheater and use regular refrigerator pie crust dough.  I rolled the pie crust out a bit, but it isn’t really necessary.  It depends on the size of your baking dishes.  As you can see, I used the tiniest bit of flour.  You don’t need very much.

Rolling out the pie crust with rolling pin. Recipe at Beauty Observed.

Put your baking dishes or ramekins with their widest part onto the dough.  I used a regular butter knife to cut about a 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch outline around the dish.  It’s not an exact science, so see the picture below and know that how you shape the dough is pretty forgiving.  Place the pieces of dough into the ungreased ramekin.  It will only go a little way up the side.  Fold it down and make a nice frilly edge.  (You will see how it should look in a minute.)  Gather remaining pie dough and roll out again with rolling pin.  Repeat until you’ve used all of the pie crust or all of your ramekins.  Two pie crusts (the top and bottom for one pie) will make 10 tarts when using this size ramekin.

Cutting pie crusts to go into ramekins. Recipe at Beauty Observed.

Rinse raisins well!  My grandma said that what made her raisin custard tarts better than anyone else’s is that she washed her raisins.  The raisins will absorb some of the water and plump a little.  Pat the raisins dry.  Remove any stems. Place raisins  in the bottom of each prepared pie crust.  I like the custard part of the tart, so I only put about five raisins in each.  My mom always says that my grandma put more in, so put as many as you like 🙂 .

Whisk egg in medium bowl.  Add water, sugar, flour, vanilla and whisk together.  Using a small measuring cup, carefully fill prepared crust almost to the bottom of the rolled crust edge.  You will be adding 1/2 TBS. of butter per ramekin, so you will want to leave a space for that.  You may have a little custard filling left over.

Cut butter into 1 TBS. pats and then cut each pat diagonally into a triangle.  Or, you can just eyeball it and add a nice chunk of butter to each ramekin.  Add more custard if necessary.

My grandmas always said “Don’t be chintzy with the butter!”

Raisin custard tart ready to go into oven.  Look at that butter! Recipe at Beauty Observed.

See that nice big pat of butter?

I like to put all of the ramekins onto a baking sheet to make it easier to put them into and take out of the oven.

Tray of raisin custard tarts ready to go into the oven.  Recipe at Beauty Observed

Bake about 30 minutes until center is set or a butter knife inserted into the center comes out clean.  There will be melted butter on it. Filling will be gloriously golden and bubbly.  Your kitchen will smell heavenly.

Baked raisin custard tart. Recipe at Beauty Observed.

 Cool ramekins on wire rack until completely cool.  Do not try to remove tarts from ramekin while cooling because they will fall apart.

To remove from ramekin, gently run a butter knife around the outside edge of the completely cooled tart.  It should pop out easily.  Serve at room temperature.  Prepare for your taste buds to be happier than they’ve ever been before.  Refrigerate remaining tarts.

Finished raisin custard tart.  Recipe at Beauty Observed.

Plated raisin custard tart on china plate. Recipe at Beauty Observed.


Grandma Florence Lassond’s Raisin Custard Tarts Recipe
makes approx. 10 tarts

Unbaked pie crust
50-100 raisins (50 raisins is a scant 1/4 cup)
1 egg
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup water
5 Tablespoons butter

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Roll out pie crust.

Place widest part of ramekin or other small baking dish on pie crust.  Using a butter knife, cut a circle about 1/4″-1/2″ larger than the dish around each.

Place pieces of crust into each ungreased ramekin and pat into place.  Crust will not go all the way up the side of ramekin.  Create a rolled edge.

In a medium bowl, whisk egg.  Add water, sugar, flour, vanilla.  Whisk to mix.

Rinse raisins with water.  Remove stems.  Pat dry.  Divide raisins evenly amongst prepared crusts.

Using a small measuring cup, carefully fill prepared crust almost to the bottom of the rolled crust edge.

Add 1/2 TBS. of butter to each ramekin.  Add additional custard if needed.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until butter knife inserted into center comes out clean.  It may have melted butter on it.  Filling will be bubbly and pie crust will look done.

Cool completely on wire rack before removing tarts from ramekins.

Serve at room temperature.  Refrigerate remaining tarts.


Grandma and Grandpa Lassond

My Grandma and Grandpa Lassond

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The Secret to Fantastic Soup and 15 Bean Soup Recipe

15 bean with ham soup recipe

15 bean assortment in dish with ham soup recipe  #driedbeans

15 bean macro with ham soup recipe  #driedbeans

The secret to fantastic home made soup is using bones.  Easter’s coming and for many that means ham. I’ve prepared all sorts of ham in my 26 years of marriage and I’ve found that my family likes the big bone-in, unspiral-cut, plain ham. What this means is that you usually have a very nice ham bone for soup! You can chop up pieces of ham into a soup, but nothing compares to a soup that’s simmered all day, drawing the nourishment and taste from that ham bone!

15 bean with ham soup recipe  #hambone

For this recipe, I purchased 15 Bean Soup from Hurst’s HamBeens.  I didn’t use the little flavor packet or the recipe on the back of the bag.  I was only interested in the beautiful variety of beans contained in the package.

Hurst's hambeens 15 bean soup recipe

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Northern, Pinto, Navy
Large Lima, Baby Lima
Small white, Small red, Pink beanKidney,
White Kidney, Cranberry Bean

Yelloweye Bean, Black Bean, Garbanzo
Yellow Split pea, Green Split Pea, Lentil

15 bean with ham soup recipe  #driedbeans


15 Bean with Ham Soup Recipe

1 nice ham bone (can be frozen)
1 variety package of beans, like Hurst’s HamBeens
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
6 cups water
4 cups chicken broth (You can sub 4 cups water, I just like the extra depth the broth adds.)

Rinse and sort beans.  This is a very important step.  In just about every bag of beans I’ve ever cooked, I’ve found a small pebble.  You don’t want to bite down on one!  Put dried beans in a large pot and cover with about 8 cups of water.  Let stand over night or for at least 8 hours.

Drain and rinse beans.  Return to large pot.  Add chopped onion, one stalk of celery (I leave mine whole so I can remove it later.  Otherwise, chop before adding.), 2 peeled and sliced carrots, 3 cloves minced garlic, 6 cups water, and 4 cups chicken broth.

Place uncovered pot on burner.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for about 2 to 2 1/2 hours.  Remove ham bone from soup.  Cool a bit.  Remove any meat from bone.  Chop meat and return to soup.  Discard bone.  If beans are done, serve with cornbread, crackers, or crusty bread.  My family likes really thick soup, so I continue simmering for a bit.  The soup is pretty forgiving.


15 bean with ham soup recipe

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Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars Recipe

Cranbery Bliss-fully Happy Bars recipe

Dried cranberries and white chocolate.  Recipe for Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars at Beauty Observed

Dough for Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars

Make sure to push the dough into the corners

Unfrosted Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars

Even the frosting wants to be made into a Valentine's Day treat.

Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars recipe from Beauty Observed.

I call these Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars because they make my youngest daughter super happy when she sees me mixing up a batch.  For some reason, she thinks I bake them just for her.  She doesn’t like to share.  It actually works out okay because my son doesn’t like cream cheese.  I usually hack off an end for him before I frost them.

There’s also a little hint I’d like to give you.  I always grease  the 9×13 pan with butter and then line it with a piece of parchment paper that is big enough to hang out the sides. This makes it very easy to lift the cooled bars out of the pan.  It is much simpler to frost and cut the bars into triangles or squares when they are flat on the counter.

I hope these make you as blissfully happy as they do my 13 year old daughter!  (They make me pretty happy, too!)

Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars recipe from Beauty Observed.


Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars

Cookie Bar Recipe

3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 cup white chocolate baking chips (6 oz.)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Grease 9×13 baking dish with butter.  Line baking dish with parchment.  Make sure that there is enough parchment to overhang the sides of the dish.  You will be using this to lift out the bars after they have cooled.

Melt butter.  Mix in brown sugar.  Let cool.  using a mixer, beat in eggs and vanilla.  In a separate bowl, sift or whisk flour, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon.  Gradually add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and mix well.  Dough will be very stiff.  Stir in cranberries and white chocolate baking chips.

Spread cookie dough into the prepared pan.  (I use my fingers to press the mixture into the corners.)  Bake for 20-25 minutes until a cake tester or toothpick comes out clean.  Do not over bake.  Cool completely on wire rack.

Using parchment paper, lift cookie bars out of pan.

Cream Cheese Frosting

1 8 oz. package of full-fat cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1 cups white chocolate baking chips (6 oz.)
1/2 cup dried cranberries, chopped

Beat cream cheese and powdered sugar with electric mixer until fluffy.  Frost cookie bars that have been removed from pan.  Sprinkle with chopped cranberries.  Melt white chocolate baking chips in microwave.  Drizzle melted white chocolate over frosted cookie bars.

Cut into triangles or squares.

Refrigerate leftover bars.


Cranberry Bliss-fully Happy Bars recipe from Beauty Observed.  PMR Bavaria China

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