One of my very favorite cookbooks was a free gift that I got when registering for wedding gifts at The Bay (eons ago). The book is called "A Century of Canadian Homecooking" and it has a chapter for every decade since 1900 with recipes and the history of the dishes.
This recipe is from the chapter dedicated to "The Fifties". About these squares, the book says: "Squares and bars came in all shapes and sizes and were the mainstay of suburban kitchens. Bazaars, teas, bridge luncheons, coffee parties, all required home baking."
Well, I certainly didn't bring these to a Bazaar (what the heck is a bazaar??) or a bridge luncheon. And I do wonder what the difference is between a "tea" and a "coffee party"... what if you go to a "tea" and ask for a cup of coffee? Do you get thown out? Ostracized?
I just happen to love butter tarts, and this is a nice simple (way less finicky) version.
Butter Tart Squares
from "A Century of Canadian Homecooking" by Carole Ferguson and Margaret Fraser
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup sugar
1 cup flour
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tbsp melted butter
2 tbsp flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla
1 cup raisins
1. For base: cream butter with sugar and blend in flour until crumbly. Press into the bottom of a 8" square baking dish. Bake at 350F for 10 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
2. For topping: Combine all ingredients and spread over base. Bake and additional 30 minutes.
3. Cool in pan and cut into 16 squares.