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Day 4: Joey + Rory — Raisin Tarts & Pumpkin Roll

About Joey + Rory

Every Christmas, Rory's aunt makes these raisin tarts. The overall-wearing artist admits he much prefers these tarts over his mother's divinity candy — no offense, Mom!

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Raisin Tarts

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  • Cook time: 25 mins
  • Yield: Varies


  • 2 pie crusts, unbaked, cut in circles to fit in muffin pans. Spray muffin pans thoroughly to prevent sticking. Form crust in muffin pans using fingers and crimp the edges with a fork or fingers.
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 5 T milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup raisins


In a medium saucepan, bring to a hard boil the butter, brown sugar and milk, stirring constantly to prevent sticking or scorching. Remove from heat. Beat the egg in a small bowl and add a small amount of the hot mixture to the egg and mix well. Slowly add the egg mixture in with the remaining heated mixture, stirring well. Add the raisins and spoon batter into muffin pan. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes.

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Pumpkin Roll

Time and Yield

  • Cook time: 15 min (+ 2 hrs chill time)
  • Yield: Varies


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup self rising flour
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • 1 cup powdered sugar


Mix ingredients together. Grease a 9 x 13 pan and line it with wax paper, cut to fit. Spray the wax paper with cooking spray. Pour batter into pan and sprinkle with chopped nuts and bake for 15 minutes. Spread out a clean dishtowel and sprinkle with powdered sugar, pecan side down. Roll cake up in the towel and chill for 2 hours. While cake is chilling, mix together the filling below.

  • Filling:
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 T butter softened
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla

Mix all ingredients together. Remove cake from fridge and unroll. Spread the filling on the cake, evenly. Roll up again, without the towel, and wrap in foil. Slice pieces and serve. Freezes great too.

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