Once a year the best of the Butter Tart Tour comes together for the annual “Taste-Off” event. This year, the Taste-Off is Sunday, September 23 in downtown Port Hope at the CULTIVATE: A Festival of Food & Drink!
- See some of the best butter tart bakers in the province face off against each other for sweet awards in 4 categories!
- Amazing artisans and other vendors will be selling food and drinks
- Loads of arts, crafts and activities
- Oh, and we’ll be there as judges, with bells on! Come say hi.
Butter tarts are judged in four mouth-watering categories. There’s the Best 100 Mile Tart with local ingredients like maple, honey and nuts; there’s also an entire Gluten-Free tart category; a best of Arts n’ Tarts (their cool art themed collection for 2018); and of course, the best classic tart.
So, what makes a really great tart you ask? Well, as judges, we’re definitely the ones to ask! We’re fans of classic, gooey tarts. Not runny. Gooey. We want a little stretch in the filling, but not so much that we need a spoon. For the crust, we’re fans of both crumbly and flakey crusts. We think each has their place in a tart — we’re always looking for the best version of either. It should be fully baked with a buttery taste. We like our tarts a little more done than not, so the filling caramelizes on top. There should no egg-y taste to a tart, and only a hint of vanilla, maple or honey.
In anticipation of the Taste-Off next week, we thought we’d share our all-time, top three tarts off the Butter Tart Tour.
Cassis & Currant ButtertartDoo Doo’s Bakery, 187 Peterborough, County Rd 28, Bailieboro, ON
Diane from Doo Doo’s is always creating, but this Cassis and Currant concoction she created for the 2017 Royal Agriculture Winter Fair stole our hearts on first bite. The filling is laced with Creme de Cassis, with a bit of black currant jam layered in too. Perfection!
Plain Jane ButtertartBlack Honey Bakery, 217 Hunt Street, Peterborough, ON
This unassuming plain tart, whose filling is nestled in a buttery, crumbly crust, is our favorite plain tart in the province. It’s texture is just right and only made better by the charming atmosphere at this Peterborough cafe.
All-Ontario ButtertartSouth Pond Farms, 1020 Gray Road, Pontypool, ON
The folks at South Pond Farms know local food. This beautiful tart from last years’ Canada 150 collection features locally grown rye flour, smokey Kawarthas bacon and Crosswind Farms goat cheese curds. Sound weird? It was; but it was also delicious!